Iraq veterans' family pictures stolen

Teesside Crown Court

Teesside Crown Court

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A FORMER army bomb disposal engineer has had thousands of pounds' worth of cash - and his son's baby pictures - stolen in a burglary.

Dominic Mackfall and wife Natasha, of Middlesbrough, who met while they were both serving in Iraq in 2009, were burgled yesterday (Sunday, May 11) and also had irreplaceable items, including the only copy of their wedding video, stolen.

The couple's cash deposit for their new home was also taken from under their bed.

Their laptop, tablet, video camera and digital camera were also taken, with all their 15-month-old son Isaac's baby pictures on.

Mr Mackfall, who has served in Iraq, Afghanistan and Northern Ireland, said: "Isaac is our one and only child so those pictures are particularly important and irreplaceable.

"Natasha and I ran off to Florida to get married without telling anyone, and all our wedding pictures and video are gone now.

"I know it is stupid to leave cash under the bed - but it isn't that which is upsetting us, it is the irreplaceable sentimental items like the pictures - and a knife Natasha bought me engraved with our initials - that we really want back."

Mr and Mrs Mackfall, a former RAF orthodontist, had been visiting Fairy Dell in Coulby Newham on Sunday between 12 noon and 3pm when they were burgled. Military items, which were in a bright orange Pelican heavy duty case, were also taken.

These included:

*Two radio headsets in camouflage cases;

*A mini flare system in a green case;

*A n extreme ratio 185 RAO folding lock knife in a green case with a diamond sharpener;

*An extreme ratio lapel knife in a hard block case with the letters DAM and NEW engraved on the blade;

*A silver butterfly knife;

*A Salford lock picking kit, lighters and flint steels;

*Magnesium fire lighting dust;

*Military GPS.

Also stolen was a tin with a VW camper van on the front, HP Pavilion laptop which was grey and black in colour, Samsung Galaxy Tablet in a white and blue case, Flymo Glide master lawnmower, IPod Nano in blue, Panasonic HD video camera and Samsung digital camera in white.

Cleveland Police said they were urging anyone with information, or who had been offered the items, to contact DC Phil Henderson of the Volume Crime Unit on 101.

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