Woman arrested in connection with burglary and theft of savings from terminally ill Ramsgate man

Terry Price Photo Zoe Norman

A woman has been arrested in connection with a Ramsgate burglary where the savings of a terminally ill pensioner were stolen.

Terry Price says he had stashed some £3,000 in his home which he had planned to use to pay for his funeral and wake but this was taken when his home was ransacked.

Terry, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2019, believed he knew the identities of the culprits and said it was clear the break-in was by someone who knew exactly where he had put the money.

The former market trader, who also suffers with arthritis, had been taken shopping on the day of the break-in but was away from his Leopold Road home for no longer than 45 minutes,

The 66-year-old said: “The money was for my funeral and my wake at Furey’s bar and a few Christmas presents. I had saved it from my pension since I got my diagnosis.”

A fundraiser set up by Terry’s neighbour Zoe Norman let to an outpouring of support and raised a massive £8650- way above the £500 traget. Terry says he will donate some of the funds to an animal charity.

A woman has been arrested as part of the investigation into the burglary,

Detectives carried out forensic investigation, as well as house-to-house and CCTV enquiries in the area.

This morning (November 25), a 26-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of burglary and remains in custody.

As part of ongoing enquiries, officers are continuing to appeal to anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area that day to contact Kent Police.

Anyone with information, or dashcam or CCTV footage which may assist investigators, should call 01843 222289, quoting reference 46/218728/22.

You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or by using the online form on their website.

Find the fundraiser here


  1. God what kind of people is this country producing.I have read several articles of a similar nature today,all in Ramsgate.
    I recently went to New York and felt safer walking the streets there.Where have peoples values gone!

      • Steve.
        The US is at least as bad or worse for this sort of crime which has not been an uncommon thing to happen for (probably) centuries..
        As for the common usage of guns in the US, like you give me Thanet and the UK any time.. Much safer.

  2. Please, please don’t stash your money in a box under your bed. It’s just about the first place a burglar will look.
    Shove it in the bank.

    • Good, sensible advice.

      Except of course if said money should have been subject to disclosure to the Inland Revenue or the DWP . . .

        • As someone who is severely disabled getting to the bank poses many challenges Phyllis! I for one do not trust the Interweb as far as I can throw a London Transport Bus, and never make any financial transactions on it. Perhaps Terry should consider saving at Ramsgate Post Office, I have always found the staff there most helpful, but I use a mobility scooter and don’t have to stand which is important.

          • “I for one do not trust the Interweb as far as I can throw a London Transport Bus, and never make any financial transactions on it”

            That’s because you don’t understand that 128/256bit encryption is only currently breakable with nation state level “hacks”. Online banking is beyond safe, unless you’re a gullible mug and allow yourself to be scammed. All currency will eventually move to digital too. Do try to keep up.

  3. One person steals around £3000 from a man with a terminal illness. Strangers contribute over £8600 to a fundraiser for him. Seems like Ramsgate society is in pretty good shape, there’ll always be the odd dodgy one but there’s obviously a large number of kind generous ones too.

    • RL I agree with you that we have in the main a good community it will always be the scum who get the headlines and quite rightly are outed in the hope they will be caught and punished by our courts properly, I’m pleased to hear that police has someone on suspicion of the burglary hopefully it is the one responsible ( most likely) and they get a judge who gives a just and proper sentence, as this is most likely a friend or a close friend of a friend his, strange how he was taken shopping and the money goes missing while out for 45 minutes and nothing else touched!! I really hope its not got anything to do with a friend of his its bad enough experience being robbed but a friend on purpose or unwittingly takes it to another level,

  4. Often, it is someone who cares for a friend and gets paid to clean and do chores like shopping for the vulnerable person, or their partner who gets the spare key. They are usually stealing smaller amounts of money from them first after seeing where the victim keeps it. I have heard this many times through care agency staff. It’s shocking and also sad for those who have been victim to a predator.
    Thank goodness for lovely people willing to help others in need.

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