Bill Kaye took pity on pair after seeing them outside shop in the pouring rain
Bill Kaye, 74, offered a bed for the night to a man in his 30s after he spotted him outside a shop in the pouring rain on Monday night.
Pensioner Bill Kaye was robbed of £400 by two beggars he invited into his home as his wife lay in a coffin downstairs
He agreed to let his girlfriend stay as well.
But the couple repaid his generosity by pinching £400 and brooches belonging to Bill’s wife of 52 years Pauline.
She died on August 13, more than a decade after a massive stroke left her bed-bound.
Her body had been returned to Bill’s Hull home by undertakers ahead of her funeral later this week.
Bill said: “I am a silly old bugger but I like helping people.
“I always like to see the good in people. I don’t like to think bad of anyone.
Bill kisses Pauline, his wife of 52 years , who died on August 13, after spending over a decade bed-bound
“This man looked really thin. He looked hungry.
“I thought there’s me, in my big house, just me in it.
“I gave him my name and address and invited him round. I said I’d cook him a nice meal and a give him a bed to sleep on. He asked if he could bring his girlfriend.
“At about 9pm they turned up. I made them a meal, but they didn’t want it. In the morning I cooked them bacon, eggs and toast but they didn’t want that either.”
Afterwards he caught the man rifling through his freezer while checking his security camera.
Bill challenged him and the pair left.
He then inspected the rest of his house.
Bill added: “Upstairs, a load of old papers had been tipped out of drawers. Then I noticed my wife’s brooches were missing.”
Later, Bill noticed cash missing from his wallet when he went to the shops.
He continued: “Because of the way my wallet fastens I know the £400 hadn’t just dropped out.
Bill has described himself as a ‘silly old bugger’ for inviting the beggars into his home
“I can remember the woman hugging me, thanking me for giving them a roof for the night, and I think it was taken then.”
June Peel, who helped care for Pauline, said: “How low can you get? That money was to be used to pay for Pauline’s funeral.
“It may sound crazy to you or I that someone would let complete strangers into their home, but Bill cares about people.”
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