'We do not feel safe'

PUBLISHED: 14:32 06 February 2008 | UPDATED: 14:44 20 April 2010

BURGLARY victims Ursula and Andy Squire say they no longer feel safe in their Honiton home after a thief rifled through the property and made off with highly sentimental items of jewellery. Their house, in Kings Road, was burgled between 9am and 11am last

BURGLARY victims Ursula and Andy Squire say they no longer feel safe in their Honiton home after a thief rifled through the property and made off with highly sentimental items of jewellery. Their house, in Kings Road, was burgled between 9am and 11am last Thursday, and the couple are appealing for anybody with information to contact Honiton CID as soon as possible. They are also appealing for the thief to return the stolen goods. It is understood by this newspaper that police have carried out door-to-door inquiries in the vicinity of Kings Road, telling householders they are investigating a "spate" of break-ins. Mr and Mrs Squire, who are in their 50s, have been left so traumatised by the burglary that they have displayed a notice at the front of their house, explaining their feelings to the thief. "I've got no peace of mind anymore," Mrs Squire told the Herald. "I'm jumping like a cricket. "Our house was a place we felt safe in, but that has been taken from us. "A home is like your inner central heating. "As much as anything else is the feeling that a stranger has been in our house, in our bedroom, which is an intimate space, and searched it." The thief is believed to have entered the property via a dog flap in the back door shortly after Mrs Squire left for a trip to Cornwall. She fears the burglar was watching as she packed up her car for the journey. Among the missing jewellery items are rings handed down the family from Mrs Squire's grandmother and mother. "The one I am particularly heartbroken about is my mother's engagement ring," said Mrs Squire. "It is a white gold solitaire ring, surrounded by baby diamonds." Two other rings, each containing five diamonds in a straight line (not clusters), are also of great sentimental value and desperately missed. The Squires have had the dog flap removed and have changed their furniture around - to help them try to feel safe again. They admit they are locking doors behind them all the time and would like to say the following to the thief: "You stole a chunk of our lives in the form of many items of sentimental value. "When you steal property from people's homes you steal not only their goods but their right to security and peace of mind. "If you have a grain of decency in you, return the items you have stolen." Other distinctive items taken from the house include a brass ring holder, shaped like a cat that has diamante eyes, a necklace of tiny lilac beads carrying a lilac glass heart and a black ribbon necklace featuring a black stone with rainbow hues and surrounded with diamante stones. Heart-shaped stud earrings in a deep aqua blue are also missing. Mrs Squire works with adults with learning difficulties. One of her clients was so struck by her suffering that he gave her a bunch of flowers. Anybody with information about the burglary is urged to contact DC Paul Perryman at Honiton CID on 08542 777444 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, quoting crime reference number KH/08/110. The thief is urged to return any items he or she has not disposed of - either by putting them through the door at Honiton Police Station or through the letterbox at the Herald's Honiton office (Honiton Tourist Information Centre), in Lace Walk car park.

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