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Burglars steal dead mother's ashes from Writtle home
10:09am Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in News
A HEARTFELT plea has been made after a safe containing a dead mother’s ashes and sentimental jewellery was stolen.
Crooks smashed their way through the back door of a home in Lordship Road, Writtle, between 1.25pm and 3.35pm on Thursday before nicking a safe kept inside a wardrobe.
Contained in a bag inside were the ashes of property owner Sally Thomas-Frederick’s deceased mother Susan Green who died from breast cancer ten years ago at the age of 48.
Also locked up inside were dozens of jewellery items which had been given to the 32-year-old, who is three months pregnant, following her mum’s death.
Mrs Thomas-Frederick who moved to the house with her husband Darren and 18-month-old daughter Tassia just five weeks ago said she just wants the items returned to her.
She said: “I can’t believe someone has stolen them. I had gone to have my three month scan and when I got home I saw the back door had been smashed in.
“At first I was worried about my pet boxer dog Chester, but I discovered the safe had gone.
“Me and my mum were so close and everything inside the safe was priceless to me, including her ashes and a locket with a small amount of my mum’s ashes in.
“If someone had a heart they would return them. I could plea and beg fort someone to give them back. They have sentimental value to me and if I could get anything back, especially the ashes, I’d be happier.”
Passports belonging to Mr and Mrs Thomas-Frederick were also inside the safe.
Police are investigating the incident and an appeal has been put out by officers for witnesses to come forward.
Anyone with information about the theft should contact Dc Dave Moore at Chelmsford police station by calling 101.
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