More grief for couple who lost baby son

RAIDERS attacked a family's home just a week after they lost their baby boy to cancer.

Yasmeen Maqsood and Zjaz Ahmed, of Mayfield Avenue, off King Cross Road, Halifax, were left reeling by the death of much-loved Shaheer, who was just 15 months old.

Then, only days later, Mr Ahmed came home to discover their house had been ransacked and gold passed through his wife's family for generations had been stolen.

Mrs Maqsood said: "I can't express in words how it's made me feel.

"I'm shocked that someone would come into our home and do that to us."

Mr Ahmed discovered the break-in when he came home from work and saw muddy footprints through the house. Upstairs he found their belongings strewn across the floor and the gold stolen.

He believes the robbers were outside in a car when he arrived but drove off soon afterwards.

Mrs Maqsood said the jewellery had been given to her by her mother on her wedding day 10 years ago and had great sentimental value.

The burglary has only added to the heartbreak the family has been suffering since Shaheer died three weeks ago.

He had battled with medical problems since he was born

and needed constant care.

Tragically, he was the second child the couple have lost to cancer. They also had a daughter who died from the disease eight years ago.

The break-in, thought to have happened on Wednesday, January 5 between 5pm and 6.30pm, is one of a series causing concern to people in the Park ward.

As reported in the Courier, there have been more than 20 in the area since the beginning of November.

Police have stepped up patrols but Mrs Maqsood said she had been left afraid they will be broken into again.

She and her husband are certain somebody knows who broke into their home.

They are offering a reward for information that leads to a conviction and a return of their gold.

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