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Mum who lost sons pleads for return of stolen phone.

Byline: AARAN LENNOX newsdesk@walesonline.co.uk

APHONE with precious photographs of two brothers who died within 24 hours of each other has been stolen.

Their grieving mother is now begging for it to be returned.

Rosemary Davies said she feels like she "lost another part of them all over again" when the phone was taken from her handbag while she was shopping in Wrexham.

The pictures of sons Scott Bellis and Robert Jones, who was known as Bobby, have become even more precious following their deaths in 2019.

Rosemary had only learned of 29-year-old Scott's death hours before older son Robert, 36, was found dead.

He had stayed the night with his mum to comfort her after Scott died of an overdose of antidepressants and alcohol, but she woke the next morning to find him dead.

An inquest heard the stress of losing his brother played a part.

The heartbroken mother-of-five said the photographs on her iPhone 11 were all she had left of them.

Rosemary said: "I'm absolutely devastated and it feels like I've lost another part of them all over again.

"The photographs are all I have left of them and while I've had many of them printed, there were still some on there that haven't been."

She added: "The phone isn't the issue, it's not the phone I want back, it's the photos on the phone that matter to me and my family.

"I'm still grieving and will never get over the fact that both of my boys went within 24 hours of each other.

"It's the memories on it that are so cherished, my grandson is still struggling to sleep in his own bed after losing his dad and the phone was a comfort for him to look back on his dad's life."

Rosemary said the theft happened while she was shopping in the former Woolworths store, One Below, in Wrexham town centre on June 18.

She said CCTV footage shows a group of men taking the phone from her bag.

The phone case also contained her bank cards.

Police are now investigating. Rosemary said: "I beg whoever has the phone to please hand it in, I don't want to take any further action with the police, I'm not interested in taking things further, if they just hand me back the phone that's all I need."

Still seeking bereavement counselling,

Rosemary said she struggles to accept the double tragedy and still expects Scott and Bobby to walk through the door, laughing and joking as they did.

She also keeps their numbers and social media accounts stored on her phone.

A North Wales Police spokesperson said: "An officer was approached at 2.17pm on Friday, June 18, reporting that a phone and bank cards had been stolen from a bag in One Below on Regent Street, Wrexham.

"Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, or via the live web chat, quoting reference Z086928."

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Rosemary Davies with clothes belonging to her sons Scott Bellis, left, and Bobby Jones

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Jun 26, 2021
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