Robbed of much loved keepsakes

A WOMAN whose husband was killed in a hit-and-run incident has had cherished mementoes of him snatched from her home.

Julie Collins’s engagement ring, wedding ring and a locket with photographs of her late husband inside were among the items taken during a break-in at her house on Smith House Lane in Brighouse.

She said she wants the thieves responsible to know the pain they have caused.

“These were items were of the utmost private personal nature that can not be replaced,” she said. “I would ask the individuals that did this to be aware of the heartache they have caused and the loss I feel.”

Mrs Collins lost her husband Raymond Thompson when he was knocked down on a pedestrian crossing on Great Horton Road in Bradford by a man in a stolen car in 1999.

She had kept her wedding ring, which was engraved with the word ‘forever’ and her engagement ring. She also kept what she described as her most precious possession - a large gold engraved pendant and chain with two photographs of Mr Thompson and a lock of his hair inside. The thieves took all three.

Mrs Collins, who has re-married, had left the house with her husband to take their three-year-old grandson home to Cleckheaton when the thieves struck.

They had only been gone for 35 minutes, but when they got home on January 7 they found their security lights unscrewed, back door lock broken and a haul of their belongings taken including a laptop, jewellery and Mrs Collins’s mementoes gone.

“These were a means to obtain goods to sell for money, drugs or drink,” she said. “To me they were priceless and can not be valued by anyone but me.”

The break-in happened between 6.45pm and 7.20pm.

Anyone who can help should call Calderdale CID on 01422 337085 or Crimestoppers, where information can be passed on anonymously, on 0800 555111.