Family move 900 miles to UK where trailer with ‘everything’ they own is stolen

A family that moved 900 miles to live in the UK had its trailer stolen just four days after arriving, losing everything they owned.

Dominique Herbst, 37, and her husband Knut, 72, decided to move from Berlin to Liverpool along with their two children and a motorhome.

Four days after arriving on Merseyside on October 24 however, their trailer attached to the motorhome was stolen, as well as all their possessions contained inside.

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That included household items and memories that "can't be replaced" including family photographs, important documents, as well her children's toys.

According to the mum-of-two, police officers told her "look for it" herself, by knocking on houses and asking if anyone had information, as well as to contact the local council to acquire CCTV footage of the incident.

She told the Liverpool Echo: "We went to the city for some house viewings, came back and someone had taken everything we own. The only thing they did not take was our passports.

"English is not our first language so we were very nervous when the trailer was taken. The police officer did not understand me, she kept asking if I was in the trailer and of course I was not in the stolen trailer. The police have just not helped."

The family had been planning to live in the motorhome until they found a permanent residence.

Since the incident, they have parked their motorhome on a neighbour's drive and have been given hot showers and food, with the 37-year-old labelling the kindness shown to them as a "big help".

She said: "We are parked on a neighbour's drive and we come in to have breakfast. The kids are playing with their family it is a big help.

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"It has been horrible for us but I am a mother I have to smile. I don't know what to tell the kids, she keeps asking why someone stole her toys.

"This was supposed to be a new chapter in our lives but will still want to give Liverpool a second chance."

A spokesperson for Merseyside Police said: "We can confirm we received a report of a theft of a trailer in Blundellsands. It was reported on Friday, October 28, that a white trailer had been stolen from outside a property on Nicholas Road.

"If you have any information about this incident, contact us @MerPolCC or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 with reference 22000795449."


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