Heartbroken Darlington mother pleads with thieves to return tapes of her children growing up (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Heartbroken Darlington mother pleads with thieves to return tapes of her children growing up
A HEARTBROKEN mother has appealed to thieves to return precious memories of her children growing up.
Darlington mother-of-two Nicola Earl was devastated to find an old camcorder and tapes documenting the childhood of her twin daughters had been stolen in a burglary last Sunday (October 13).
The family had been living in a nearby caravan while their property in the Blackwell Grange area of Darlington was being renovated.
They returned to check their home on Sunday and found it had been targeted by thieves who took a number of items, including the camcorder – which was broken – and the tapes.
Sentimental recordings stored on the stolen tapes depicted key events in the lives of Ms Earl’s daughters, Imogen and Jasmine, between the ages of three and eight.
Ms Earl is now offering a reward for any information that could lead to their safe return. She said: “The burglary was horrible. I am too scared to return to my house and have been crying for two days.
“The girls have been left very upset by it all.
“The tapes will mean nothing to the thieves and they will probably just have dumped them somewhere but they are really sentimental to me.
“They show the girls’ school plays, times they spent with their grandmother who is now not alive and dancing competitions.
“I was planning on being able to watch them all when I retire, but now I am missing a huge part of their lives.
“I am hoping that the thieves might have a conscience and realise they have no value and are just sentimental.
“We live quite near the river, which is popular with dog walkers, and it may be that the tapes have just been dumped so I’d also like to appeal to anyone who may have come across them accidentally to return them.”
The broken Sony camcorder and the eight to ten labelled tapes were kept in the original packaging, a blue Sony box measuring around 8x8ins.
Also stolen in the burglary were a brown suede Esprit holdall, a white bone-effect Chinese jewellery box containing costume jewellery, a JVC camcorder and two portable DVD players.
Anyone who has information that could lead to the return of the stolen property is asked to contact PC Simon Hopper of Darlington Police on non-emergency number 101.
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