Fundraising bid launched to replace Kettering autistic boy’s stolen Xbox

Damian Cox, also known as The Big Bopper, has set up a website to raise funds to replace an autistic youngster's stolen Xbox and laptop
Damian Cox, also known as The Big Bopper, has set up a website to raise funds to replace an autistic youngster's stolen Xbox and laptop

A fundraising campaign has been launched to help replace an eight-year-old’s Xbox and a laptop computer which were stolen from a home in Kettering several days ago.

Kettering man Damian Cox, also known as The Big Bopper DJ, decided he wanted to do something to help the family after hearing about the break-in.

The theft happened at a home in Wood Street, Kettering, some time between January 15 and 17.

A special edition Star Wars Xbox 360 was stolen, as well as a blue Acer laptop.

Both belonged to an eight-year-old youngster who has autism, and his family say the youngster cannot understand why his belongings had been stolen.

Northamptonshire Police launched an appeal several days ago, saying they were hoping for the public’s goodwill in tracing the stolen items so they can be returned to him.

Mr Cox, who last year was named the world’s best DJ in an international poll, said: “I heard about the break-in and saw messages on social media websites from a number of people who said they wanted to help.

“No-one had actually set up anything so I sent out messages and was contacted by the victim’s aunt soon afterwards and set up a fundraising website

“The response has been really good so far. Within a matter of hours people had contributed more than £100.

“I haven’t got a specific target of how much we need but I am getting in touch with PC World and Argos to see how much the items will cost to replace. I think it will be about £500 in all.”

The fundraising page can be found here.

Witnesses, or anyone with information about the break-in in Wood Street, should phone Northamptonshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.