Heartless thieves targeted ex-Saints star Steve Prescott home while he was undergoing hospital treatment and stole his children’s bikes.
The father-of-two, 39, who is battling a rare form of stomach cancer, broke the news via his Twitter account and has since been inundated with offers from well-wishers wanting to help replace the stolen bikes.
A spokesman for the Steve Prescott Foundation told how the Prescott family was “overwhelmed” at the amazing show of support from the St Helens public.
On Saturday, Steve tweeted: “Love being stuck in hospital! Especially when you find out someone has broke into your shed at home, stolen the kids bikes. #kidsgutted”
He then followed it up on Sunday with a tweet which read: “I was just letting off some steam. Kids will get sorted out, they’ll be okay. It’s no big deal! #Justfrustrating#moreimportantthings2worryabout.”
A police spokeswoman confirmed that the break-in was reported to them last Thursday afternoon, but may have occurred earlier in the week.
She said: “Officers were called to an address in Eccleston after a plastic shed was broken into and two items stolen - a battery-powered electric motorbike suitable for a seven or eight-year-old and a boy’s black and gold pedal cycle.
“Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.”
Last week Mike Denning, the chairman of the Steve Prescott Foundation, issued an update on Steve’s ongoing treatment.
He said: “Stephen is receiving specialist care at an Oxford Hospital for his pseudomyxoma peritonea and, despite recent setbacks, remains in very good spirits and is doing everything the medical team ask of him.
“We would ask that the family be left alone to deal with the treatment which, with the distance from home, can be very stressful for all of the family.
“Stephen appreciates all the enquiries and wishes he receives but privacy is vital at this time to allow the family to concentrate on the only issue which is important, and that is Stephen’s health and recovery.
“We will provide updates as and when the family feel that it is appropriate.”