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Ashes shock for widow afer burglary; CRIMEBEAT.

BURGLARS scattered a Coventry man's ashes over his widow's living room floor after breaking into her home.

Intruders broke into the property in Roseberry Avenue, Bell Green, between 8.20am and 9pm on Tuesday, May 23, while the 73-year-old woman was out for the day.

When she returned she made the traumatic discovery.

Now the hunt is on to track down the intruders.

PC Gary Wall, based in the Bell Green police sector, said: "It has to be one of the worst things to happen to anyone.

"The victim is a lovely lady and you can imagine her feelings when she came home to find what had happened. We are appealing for anyone who has any information on the burglary to contact us and help us catch the culprits."

Items stolen from the home were a 9ct gold ladies Rotary watch, which had a beige face with gold figures, a heart-shaped individual linked brace- let in a red H Samuel presentation box, and a 9 ct gold wide band man's wedding ring.

A cameo brooch with a cream head looking to the left on a terracotta background was also taken. There was a rose fluted pattern around the cameo and a 22ct three-inch safety chain and pin in a beige suede box.A Dresden china lady figure and a bottle of Marks and Spencer wine were also taken.

PC Wall said: "The stolen items have been valued in total at about pounds 200 but most had great sentimental value for the victim.

"We are appealing for anyone who has been offered any of these distinctive items for sale to anyone who has information at all to contact Bell Green officers on 024 7653 9020 or the Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555 111."
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Author:Cunningham, Catherine
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jun 1, 2000
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