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Distraught mum's plea to thieves; Appeal in memory of Nicola.

Byline: ANNE-MARIE SENIOR

A GRIEVING mother is calling on thieves who stole her handbag to return her treasured memories.

Bridget Holmes - who lost her daughter Nicola to a rare illness last year - is appealing for those who swiped her bag from a Cowlersley pub to return an iPod containing sentimental images and music.

The incident happened at a family party at the Horse and Groom on Manchester Road last Saturday night.

Bridget had placed her handbag next to the DJ's stand while she took photographs of the occasion.

But when she turned around the bag - containing her mobile phone, iPod and purse - had been taken.

Inside the bag were memories of 23-year-old Nicola that can never be replaced.

"I feel absolutely gutted," said Bridget. "So many memories of Nicola are on that iPod and phone. There are photos of her wearing the clothes she wore for her funeral, pictures of her headstone in Ireland and there was music that she downloaded for me to listen to.

"It means such a lot to get it back. They can keep everything else. I'm not bothered, but please give those back."

Bridget tried to call the phone several times but no-one replied.

She also sent messages pleading for it to be returned.

She added: "They can either hand it in to the Horse and Groom pub or a local police station.

"I really hope I can get it back. It's all I have left of her."

Former Newsome High School pupil Nicola died from pneumonia on April 19 last year.

She suffered from giant axonal neuropathy - a rare genetic condition which badly affected her nervous system.

It meant she had to spend long spells in hospital, but that did not stop her having a rewarding life.

Her funeral at St Patrick's RC Church, New North Road, was marked by a white horse-drawn hearse.

Anyone with any information about the iPhone or iPod is asked to contact Bridget on 07770 528063.

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* PLEASE RETURN: Bridget Holmes, mother of Nicola Holmes who died of pneumonia last year, is appealing for the return an iPod containing sentimental images and music of her daughter, whose funeral cortege featured a horse-drawn carriage
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Mar 10, 2012
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