Grandad dies after being robbed of funeral fund while on life support by cruel thieves

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A pensioner has died of the stress callous burglars caused by raiding his home and stealing cash he was saving to help pay for his funeral, his family says.

John Jordan’s heartbroken relatives believe his heart attack was as a direct result of the burglary as the great-grandfather had become extremely ‘jumpy and anxious’ in his own home. Mirror reports.

The 84-year-old man ‘didn’t feel safe in his home any more’ after the callous raiders broke in and nabbed the £1,500 cash, as the great grandfather lay hooked up to an oxygen machine and sleeping.

Mirror’s sister title Sunday People branded the yobs the ‘UK’s cruellest burglars’ in April last year in an appeal to trace the thugs and the cash – neither has been found more than a year on.

John’s death has now left his family traumatised and heartbroken.

Speaking exclusively to Mirror on Saturday (May 3}, John’s granddaughter Chloe-Ann Preedy, 21, said: ‘We believe this stress caused his death. He was left living with huge stress and anxiety and it became tiring, so the burglars did have a lot to play in his death. It changed him.

‘Following this he had the heart attack, and unfortunately passed away but he was living with a lot of stress after the burglary. He was very jumpy and anxious after the burglary, and scared to leave his own home.

‘I feel the burglars had a lot to play in his deterioration.’

John, who struggled to use banks, wanted to help his family cover his funeral costs with the cash.Instead, his grieving relatives, of Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, had to settle for a direct cremation, and so were unable to pay their respects as they would have wished.

Chloe-Ann, who works as a sales assistant, continued: ‘We were unable to give him the send off he deserved or we would have liked to have given him.

‘We obviously weren’t able to attend the direct cremation, which was such a shame.

‘It has hit the family, particularly my mum, quite bad. My mum couldn’t do the funeral she wanted to and she puts that down to the burglars.

‘She has struggled to sleep and has suffered with nightmares. The burglary still affects her now.’

Thames Valley Police last year investigated the cruel burglary at John’s address.

The thugs had forced a window open and took John’s CCTV camera to cover their tracks.But the painter and decorator’s family still harbours hopes the crooks will be caught and punished, after the further pain of the funeral.

‘I would like to hope that in time they are caught,’ Chloe-Ann said.

‘I think the police should still prioritise this, especially now after the death. Nothing has been done and who knows, they might still be going around targeting other people.

‘They may feel they can get away with it.’

A Thames Valley Police spokesperson said last night: ‘We received a report of a burglary at a property in Tandra, Milton Keynes, at around 3.50am on 23 March last year.

‘An offender forced open a window and stole a quantity of cash from a wallet, which was on the arm of a chair the victim, a man in his eighties, was sleeping in.

‘A 47-year-old man from Milton Keynes was arrested on suspicion of burglary on 10 May last year.

‘He was initially released on police bail but has since been released with no further action.

‘Following an investigation, the report was filed in September last year pending further information coming to light.’

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