Detectives are appealing for thieves to return the ashes of a two year old child which were stolen during a burglary in Leighton yesterday afternoon.
Between 2.45pm and 4.50pm, burglars broke into a house in Linwood Grove by forcing open the front door. They searched the property and stole several items which were left on a shrine that had been set up to remember the victim’s son who died four years ago.
Taken from the shrine was a gold necklace with a gold teardrop pendant which has a small screw at the back. The pendant contains the ashes of the victim’s son Daniel.
Also taken was a gold necklace with a heart shaped charm and a T-bar through the heart with the word ‘Mum’ written underneath. This was the last Christmas present given to the victim by her son before he died. Also missing from the house was a gold bracelet inscribed with the word ‘Mum’ which the victim received from her daughters.
DC Rachel Chandler,investigating wants to hear from anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the area or from anyone who may have been offered any of the jewellery.
DC Chandler 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.
“The offenders probably had no idea about what they were taking but I would appeal to them, 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.”
Any information about the incident, contact DC Chandler, in confidence, on 01582 394099, the non-emergency 101 number, text information to 07786 200011 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.