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Polish family's Christmas saved by north Belfast neighbours

By Nevin Farrell

A Polish family who faced having Christmas ruined after being burgled wept tears of joy as neighbours rallied round to save the festive celebrations.

The Harkabuz household on Henderson Avenue in north Belfast were overjoyed by the festive spirit shown by neighbours who gave them gifts - including a cooked turkey.

Among items taken on Christmas Eve were presents including a 50in TV, a gift for the father of the family, Mariusz (41).

But as word of the burglary spread, locals rallied round the family - which also includes mum Monika (40) and children Olivia (14), Igor (10), Konrad (10) and Julia (8).

Another daughter, Elwira (21) said: "It was actually so nice, we were so surprised. There were a lot of friends here and some people we didn't know.

"They just came up to us and just brought a lot of presents for the kids and food.

"There was a man that brought an already cooked turkey. I just started crying and he just started crying... and my mum and dad, too."

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