Cruel “friend” steals dying pensioner’s Christmas cash


A DYING, blind pensioner has hit out at “friends” who stole a cash Christmas present from his home.

Police today confirmed they are investigating the Boxing Day theft of £100 from bed-ridden James Bald’s council home.

The 63-year-old from North Berwick, East Lothian, is terminally ill with cancer but that didn’t stop the callous thief from preying on him.

James said: “I’m totally blind, I’m dying of cancer, I can’t stand, I can’t walk and then all this has been happening.

“It must be one of my friends who’s doing it but to point your finger at someone and accuse them you have to have enough proof.”

James, who lives alone, received £100 in cash from a friend as a Christmas present but discovered on December 27 it was missing.

The former tractor driver had to give up his job when he went blind eight years ago. He was later diagnosed with bowel cancer.

“And then to steal from me after that? They’re just scum. There’s no other word for it,” he said.

Model tractors and packets of cigarettes have previously been stolen from James’ home.

A spokesman for Lothian and Borders Police confirmed that £100 had been stolen from the house. He confirmed that an investigation was underway and appealed for information.

James is helped by carers from Tranent-based firm Allan-Ross. A spokeswoman said the company was aware of the allegations but could not comment while the police investigation was ongoing.