Portsmouth grandad’s jewellery and Christmas cash is stolen

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THIEVES stole a grandad’s Christmas savings and sentimental jewellery belonging to his late parents in a break-in.

The 55-year-old victim was away with relatives when the crooks smashed their way into his home in Northern Parade, Hilsea, Portsmouth, through a back-door window.

Between 9am on November 29 and 12.30pm on Friday they fled with £350 cash he had set aside to buy Christmas gifts for his grandchildren.

The burglars also stole gold jewellery that had belonged to his late parents including a bracelet, crucifix chain, engagement ring, a heart necklace, sovereign earrings, two wedding bands and one full and one half sovereign gold ring.

PC Stephen Ryan said: ‘I am appealing for anyone with any information to come forward. Did you hear a window being smashed, or did you witness suspicious activity in the area? Please contact us at the earliest opportunity to help us with our investigation.

Anyone with information should call PC Ryan at Fratton police station on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.