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Burglars even stole husband's death certificate r; Widow distressed after theft of precious film and wedding ring.

Byline: Peter Collins peter.collins@walesonline.co.uk

A WIDOW has been left distraught after burglars stole her wedding ring, a camcorder containing film of her husband in the months before he died - and even his death certificate.

Stroke victim Amanda Buckler, 46, is now having to take anti-depressants following the raid on her home in Barry.

She was in her home city of Birmingham for Mother's Day when the burglars struck, taking items of sentimental value, reminders of her 27-year marriage, and medication she takes following two mini-strokes.

Sitting at her home where photographs of her and husband Jeffrey adorn the living room walls, she said: "Just the fact that they broke into my home has made me feel sick.

"I haven't slept properly since it happened.

"It's really hit me for six. I'm now on anti-depressants and talking to the people from Victim Support.

"I'm fortunate that I have very good friends and my mum who is on the phone five or six times a day."

She added: "I was in Birmingham when the burglary happened overnight on March 8 and 9. "I was there for Mother's Day but had to return on the Saturday night after being told what had happened. I missed Mother's Day with my mum as a result."

She continued: "They took quite a lot of things, including my engagement ring, eternity ring, wedding ring and my husband's death certificate which was in a lock box with some money.

"My medication and the oramorph (morphine) which my husband was taking was also stolen.

"They also took a digital camcorder containing my husband's video diary of the last three or four months of his life."

Jeffrey died of cancer on September 19 last year.

Amanda said: "We had our wedding reception in the Bassett Hotel in Barry and that's where we held the celebration of his life after he died."

Police said the medication stolen included 28 tablets of Tramadol and 28 tablets of Diazepam which the thieves might attempt to sell.

Detective Constable David Rich, of Barry CID, said: "This has been an extremely distressing incident for Amanda.

"The theft of her engagement and wedding rings as well as the camcorder which contained a video diary of her late husband's last days are of particular concern to her.

"We are appealing for anyone who may have any information concerning this burglary or who may have witnessed anything suspicious in the area between 8.30pm on Friday, March 8, and 10am the next day."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Det Con Rich at Barry CID on 01446 731606, or 101, or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 and quote reference 62130071813.

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