A DAUGHTER has been left distraught after family heirlooms were snatched from her home.
Burglars broke into Susan Milburn’s house and grabbed the treasured jewellery, which had belonged to her late mother and grandmother.
Among the jewels was a Victorian necklace sent to her grandmother in the 1890s from America as a gift from her own sisters who moved there in the hope of a better life.
Thieves also took a laptop and gold earrings belonging to Mrs Milburn’s granddaughter, Katie. They got away with goods worth about £9,000.
Mrs Milburn, 62, said: ‘I was in floods of tears when I realised what had happened, I couldn’t stop crying. It was Katie that discovered it while I was out and she was the same – she was sobbing all night.
‘It’s not the cost, it’s the fact that so many memories are gone. These pieces have so much sentimental value, they are irreplaceable.’
After breaking into the house in Grove Road, Drayton, burglars kicked in Mrs Milburn’s locked bedroom door and emptied the contents of her jewellery box, including a 1920s 24-cart gold watch with an oval face, which also belonged to her grandmother, and her mother’s gold watch and diamond rings from the 1940s.
She added: ‘The only thing they didn’t manage to get of my mother’s was her wedding ring.
‘Luckily enough that was on my finger and I’ll never take it off now.
‘I would’ve been devastated if they’d got that.’
As previously reported in The News, Mrs Milburn would not be here today if her mother, Irenie Morris, had not attempted to commit suicide during the Blitz.
When Porstmouth was attacked by German bombers on January 10, 1941, Mrs Morris hysterically tried to gas herself by sticking her head into the oven.
Mrs Milburn’s father, Harry, had to pull his wife to safety and then get cover under the kitchen table.
If this had not happened, they would have headed to the shelter in the basement of 101 High Street, Old Portsmouth – which received a direct hit during that raid, killing all inside.
Mrs Milburn was born seven years later and owes her life to the incident.
Police are continuing inquiries into the burglary, which happened between 8.30am and 5.30pm on Wednesday, March 9.
Anyone with any information should contact PC Mark Brockman at Fratton police station on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where anonymity can be offered.