Police officer buys presents for family whose car broke down on Christmas Eve

PC realises family have nothing to give each other after dropping them home

Lizzie Dearden
Home Affairs Correspondent
Tuesday 25 December 2018 00:36
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Police officers and Tesco staff bought a family Christmas presents and food after discovering they had little at home
Police officers and Tesco staff bought a family Christmas presents and food after discovering they had little at home

A family who broke down on the motorway on Christmas Eve have been inundated with presents after a police officer discovered they had none at home.

The South Wales Police officer picked up the family on the M4 and drove them home, “only to realise they did not have anything at home for Christmas”, the force said.

“The officer then visited Tesco Culverhouse Cross [near Cardiff] to buy them some goodies for Christmas,” a spokesperson said.

“Staff at Tesco found out about the amazing generosity of this officer and they have contacted us wishing to also donate some amazing gifts for the whole family.

“These gifts including all the ingredients for the best Christmas dinner will be delivered by officers this evening.”

Another customer said she saw the police officer shopping for the family, who have three young children.

Rhiannon Williams said it was a “really lush moment”, adding: “Times are getting harder, but the harder it is the more I see people helping people. And it gives me a little glimmer of hope in these messed up times.”

South Wales Police Superintendent Alun Morgan called it “a story to warm the heart” as members of the public praised the officer on social media.

The festive spirit continued in South Wales later on Christmas Eve, when police said a shopper handed cash they found at a Swansea supermarket back into security.

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