A young girl has been devastated by the theft of irreplaceable rings left to her by her late mother.
When she died three years ago, Carolyn Warner left her daughter Anna, now eight, her engagement ring and an eternity ring.
The heirlooms were stolen, along with Mark Warner’s engraved wedding ring and electronics worth thousands of pounds, from the Bedgrove home Mr Warner shares with his fiancée, Kate Tarling.
Anna had often said how the jewellery was going to be hers when she grew up and it may well have been used at her wedding or her children’s.
The family are offering a £500 reward for the return of the jewellery and hope the thief realises the impact they have had on Anna.
Mr Warner said: “She realises something special has gone. The sentimental value of the rings to us is dramatically more than the financial value to whoever stole them. They’re affecting what an eight-year-old girl has got as a memory of her mother.”
The burglary took place while Mr Warner and his three children and Miss Tarling and her two children were at the cinema on the afternoon of March 16. The criminals broke in through the rear of the property and are believed to have been carrying a light coloured hessian bag. They are suspected of targeting two other homes in the area on the same day.
Miss Tarling said: “You have no idea how much those rings mean. Please return them. It’s for a little girl who has already lost her mum and they were one of the things she had to remember her by.
Anyone with information should call police on 101.