Stolen: treasured souvenirs from the husband she lost

DI Ashley Hewitt, Richmond Close Police Station, Halifax
DI Ashley Hewitt, Richmond Close Police Station, Halifax

A WOMAN whose husband was killed in a hit-and-run 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 items taken during a break-in at her house in Smith House Lane, Brighouse.

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

“These were items of the utmost private personal nature that cannot be replaced,” she said.

“I would ask the individuals who 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 in Great Horton Road, 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 35 minutes.

But when they got home 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.

“These were a means to obtain goods to sell for money, drugs or drink,” she said.

“To me they were priceless and cannot be valued by anyone but me.”

Mrs Collins said police have told her that forensic investigations indicate there were three burglars.

Detective Inspector Ashley Hewitt, from Calderdale CID, appealed for anyone with information about the break-in, between 6.45pm and 7.20pm on Friday, January 7, to call the police.

“The perpetrators of this crime have taken property of extreme sentimental value and caused extreme distress to the victim,” he said.

“If anyone has information that would assist us to returning these items then we would urge them to contact us.”

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