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Thieves took drugs from dying father as he slept; CANCER PATIENT TARGETED AT HOME.

Byline: BRETT GIBBONS Staff Reporter brett.gibbons@trinitymirror.com gibbonsb @

SICK thieves tiptoed around a dying cancer patient to steal his medicine as he slept at home.

The raiders also stole cash from the terminally-ill 75-year-old as he rested in his lounge in Dixons Green, Dudley.

He awoke to find his vital morphinebased medication had been taken in the raid, which happened between 1pm on November 2 and 9.15am the next day.

The dad was not named by West Midlands Police at the request of his family.

But his daughter Susan Williams said he had been re-admitted to hospital because of the trauma.

She said: "I can't believe anyone would do this. It has set him back and he has had to be re-admitted to hospital.

"I am appalled. How could anyone do this to a dying man? "It would have been obvious he was ill. For someone to see him sleeping and then search around him and steal his cash and medication is just too upsetting."

Police were examining CCTV for any clues and appealed to anyone with information to come forward.

Det Con Ross Evans, of the Dudley Investigation Team at West Midlands Police, said: "Someone in the community will know who did this.

"We have had officers in the area conducting house-to-house enquiries and they continue to trawl CCTV for any clues.

"The man is elderly and very poorly and for someone to prey on such a vulnerable person makes this extremely cruel and callous.

"I would appeal to anyone who knows who did this to come forward.

"The family of the man are understandably upset and their loved one needed further hospital treatment following the burglary.

"We are determined to catch the person responsible for this and would appeal to the person to think about their actions and do the right thing and come forward."

Anyone with information should call West Midlands Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 111 5000.

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