Widow devastated by burglary

PUBLISHED: 07:04 17 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:47 15 June 2010

A MOTHER and daughter are appealing for witnesses after their home was ransacked with thousands of pounds worth of goods and sentimental items taken.

A MOTHER and daughter are appealing for witnesses after their home was ransacked - with thousands of pounds worth of goods and sentimental items taken.Widow Sharon Booth and daughter Charlotte, 17, of Lyme Road, Axminster, were devastated after the late Mr Booth's belonging and other valuables were stolen in the run up to Christmas.Over £7,000 worth was taken between 1pm and 7.30pm on Wednesday (December 10) after a thief or thieves gained entry through a secure doubled glazed window.On the following evening, a house was burgled in the Millbrook area in similar circumstances and police believe the two could be linked. Mrs Booth said her husband died in March 2006 and this burglary - in which many of his things were taken - added to their grief.She said: "Most of the items belonged to my husband's family and his late mother, holding much sentimental value. "I've been shocked by the burglary and the intrusion into our home is the worst feeling. Charlotte would usually have been at home - so at least she's safe. But the whole thing has made her nervous."Charlotte added: "It's horrible that someone would come into your house, especially so close to Christmas. We can replace the other stuff but not the things that are of sentimental value. It's been a really upsetting experience. I don't know how anyone could do such a thing - it's really cruel. I don't know how they sleep at night. They must have absolutely no conscience."Antiques stolen included a sewing machine, trinket boxes, solid silverware, a clock, Beatrice Potter and Royal Doulton figures.PC Kevin Bennett said both properties concerned had been secured and people need to be particularly vigilant at this time.He said: "If residents see people coming and going, carrying large items or making repeat trips, then please call us. "People need to be aware there are active burglars around at the moment."n Anyone with information should call police on 0845 2 777444.

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