Grandmother’s heartbreak as jewellery stolen from her Southsea home

VICTIM Jane Diaper, whose home was burgled while she was at work. Inset, her engagement ring.  Picture: Allan Hutchings (121717-176)

VICTIM Jane Diaper, whose home was burgled while she was at work. Inset, her engagement ring. Picture: Allan Hutchings (121717-176)

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A GRANDMOTHER has told of her distress after burglars stole sentimental jewellery worth hundreds of pounds in a break-in.

Jane Diaper was initially left too frightened to stay in her ground-floor flat after thieves broke in via an unlocked window.

STOLEN Jane Diaper's engagement ring

STOLEN Jane Diaper's engagement ring

The 55-year-old arrived home to discover all her jewellery had been stolen from her bedroom while she was out at work.

Mrs Diaper, from Francis Avenue, Southsea, had planned to leave more than a dozen of the stolen sentimental items – including engagement, wedding and eternity rings – to her daughter and grandaughter.

She said: ‘I didn’t notice anything at first. I went and got the washing and went into the bedroom.

‘That’s when I saw my jewellery box was open and all the bags inside strewn everywhere.

‘They got in through the kitchen window which was pushed shut but the handle wasn’t down to lock it.

‘It shakes you up. It’s surprising.

‘I didn’t stay there for a couple of nights after it happened but I’m back there now. I’ve got to get on with things.

‘The jewellery would have gone to my daughter and grandaughter. I’ve nothing now to leave to them, that’s the worst thing.

‘There was one little thing in there – a tie pin that was my dad’s. He died 20 years ago.

‘It’s not worth anything but it’s the sentimental value.’

Detective Constable Amanda Waite is investigating the burglary, which happened between 8am, and 6pm on May 8.

She said: ‘I urge anyone who thinks they recognise the distinctive items in these photos to come forward as they hold sentimental value.

‘It is also important for residents to ensure their home is properly secure before leaving for any amount of time.’

Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to contact CID at Fratton police station on 101.

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