Man due in court over burglary and theft of savings from terminally ill Ramsgate man

Terry Price Photo Zoe Norman

A man has been charged with conspiracy to burgle after a Ramsgate break-in where the savings of a terminally ill man were stolen.

Terry Price 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 target. Terry says he will donate some of the funds to an animal charity.

A man has now been charged following an investigation into the burglary which took place between 2.30pm and 3.10pm on Saturday 12 November at Terry’s Leopold Road home.

Following an investigation by East Kent Criminal Investigation Department, Mark Queen has been charged with conspiracy to burgle.

Mr Queen, 31, of Gordon Road, Margate, is due to appear before Folkestone Magistrates’ Court today (November 30).

A 26-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of burglary on November 25 remains on bail.