Widow returns from hospital after husband's death to find home burgled

PUBLISHED: 17:03 02 April 2019

Fernlea Gardens, Easton-in-Gordano    Picture:Google maps

Fernlea Gardens, Easton-in-Gordano Picture:Google maps

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Police are appealing for information after a grieving widow returned home from hospital following the death of her husband to find her home ransacked by burglars.

The victim had gone to hospital on Friday with her 94-year-old husband, who sadly died early on Sunday morning.

When the 75-year-old returned to her home in Fernlea Gardens, Easton-in-Gordano, an hour and a half after her husband had passed away, she found someone had forced their way into the house through the garage and ransacked the property.

The burglar stole jewellery of significant sentimental value, including broaches, pearls and rings, and items left to her by her grandmother.

Crime scene investigators examined the scene and officers have carried out house to house enquiries.

Investigating officer, PC James Hawkins, said: “We never underestimate how traumatic and unsettling a burglary is for victims, their family and neighbours.

“This case is particularly upsetting for the homeowner who is already going through an extremely difficult time and we will continue to provide her with support and keep her updated in relation to our investigation.

“As a result of our enquiries so far, we’ve established a neighbour saw a person dressed in grey in the victim’s back garden between 4-5pm on Saturday who could be the offender.

“If you were in the area between Friday afternoon and Sunday morning and saw anything suspicious, or if you specifically saw someone dressed in grey acting oddly on Saturday afternoon, please get in touch.”

Those with any information call 101 and quote reference number 5219069329, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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