A GREAT-GRANDMOTHER has been left devastated after jewellery given to her by her late husband and son was stolen from her home.

Daphne Read, 71, returned to her house in Huntington Road, York, to find thieves had taken numerous items of jewellery and unopened Christmas presents.

The jewellery was given to her by her husband, John, who died in December two years ago, and her son, David Bamber, who died earlier this year, aged 49.

Many of the items were bought from Mr and Mrs Read’s travels in Australia, Canada and Greece.

The stolen jewellery includes gold chains, a gold heart decorated with rubies, a silver fish on a chain, a two-inch solid silver bar, opal earrings and an opal necklace and a large silver ring decorated with a number of stones.

Mrs Read said she was offering a reward for the return of the jewellery.

Her daughter, Jackie Houston said: “The jewellery is irreplaceable. I was upset and crying but now I feel angry.

“My mum has a heart of gold and would do anything for anybody.”

Mrs Read’s home was burgled between 4pm and 11pm last Thursday.

Police ask anyone who has information about the break-in or who has been offered the jewellery for sale to phone them on 101.