Thieves strike at home after family tragedy

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A grieving widow has appealed for the return of stolen jewellery her late husband bought her.

The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, had items worth around £6,000 taken from her home at Crag Bank Road, Carnforth.

Her family has now been the victim of thieves twice.

One month after the jewellery was reported missing, a shed at the rural farmhouse was broken into with a crowbar and two trials bikes were stolen.

The second incident took place overnight on June 26.

While Lancashire Police were investigating the jewellery theft, the victim’s husband passed away suddenly.

Speaking to the Guardian, she said: “The jewellery holds huge sentimental value beyond which we realised at the time. The sentimental value is massive.”

She joined police in urging anyone with information or who may have unwittingly obtained one of the items to come forward.

The pieces taken include an opal ring originally owned by the victim’s mother, several 9ct gold chains, a 9ct eternity ring with eight diamonds, a 9ct gold ‘old watch style’ charm bracelet with various charms, including a small boot, anchor and cross, and various 9 ct gold bracelets.

Around 20 pieces, some of which had been in the family for a generation, were stolen. One item has since been found and returned.

The trials bikes - valued at £2,200 collectively - belonged to the victim’s husband.

One is chrome and blue and the other black and white.

Both have Sherco written on in yellow.

Contact Lancashire Police on 101 with information.

n A man has been charged in connection with the theft of the jewellery.

He is due to stand trial at Lancaster magistrates’ court on September 16.