Devastated Leighton mum Kelly Caird has made a tearful appeal for thieves to return a gold locket containing the ashes of her dead toddler .
Burglars broke into the house in Linwood Grove on Wednesday afternoon. They took a teardrop necklace, along with two other pieces of jewellery, from a shrine to the memory of two-year-old Daniel, who died almost exactly four years ago .
Since his death a shrine has been in place on a shelf in the family’s living room.
An increasingly emotional Kelly said: “Every room was absolutely wrecked. They’d been in my girls’ room and opened their little ballerina jewellery box. My heart dropped. I went rushing down stairs and just thought of Daniel.
“I went to his little shrine area and found they had taken the jewellery.
“The thieves probably didn’t know that the locket contained ashes. All I want back is the locket with the ashes.”
DC Rachel Chandler, investigating, said: “This burglary has been extremely upsetting for the victims given the huge sentimental value that the possessions stolen contain and that the anniversary of Daniel’s death is just a fortnight away.
“I would appeal to the thieves, or anyone who may have come into possession of these items, to hand them over to the police as quickly as possible so that we can reunite them with the family at this very difficult time.
“I would really like to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time of the burglary or from anyone else who may have information – however small or insignificant they think it is – that could help us. Don’t dismiss your information as unimportant – even tiny details which don’t seem relevant now might become useful later on in the investigation.”
If you have information relating to this incident, contact DC Chandler, in confidence, on 01582 394099, the non-emergency 101 number, text information to 07786 200011 or contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
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