Page 11 Mum’s plea for return of camera
A DISTRAUGHT mother has made a passionate plea for a thief to return a camera with precious memories of her twin daughters.
Hayley Howard (28), from Helpston, near Peterborough, returned from a stroll around Peterborough beauty spot Ferry Meadows with children Eva and Jessica (17 months) to find the window at the rear of her Vauxhall Zafira had been smashed.
A thief had reached into the boot of the car, where Mrs Howard’s bag containing her Canon camera had been placed.
She said: “When I saw the smashed window the first thing I thought was ‘oh no, my camera’.
“It had so many memories on it that we desperately want back. There were 200 to 300 photos of the twins and there were things like their first birthday pictures, which we may have now lost forever.
“My message to anybody reading this is to please return the camera or at least the memory card to the police – we just want the photos back.
“Both of the girls were born prematurely and that first birthday was a really happy one, because there were times that we thought it was something we might not be able to celebrate it.
“To lose those memories would be devasatating to my husband David (30) and myself, and they are also photos we would like to show the girls when they are older.”
The silver Vauxhall Zafira was in the car park at Ferry Meadows in Ferry Hill, Castor, between 10am and 2.45pm on Wednesday.
Mrs Howard had been joined on the walk by her sister Michelle Burton and her son Joseph (11 theft occurred on Wednesday between 10.15am and 2.45pm at Ferry Hill, Castor. The driver had returned to find the back window had been smashed.
“Someone had reached through the back window to grab her bag. Anybody with any information should contact police on 0345 456 456 4.”
HEARTACHE: Hayley Howard was distraught to return to her parked car to find a thief had smashed a window and taken her handbag, which included a camera with precious memories of her twin daughters Eva and Jessica. PIcturE: DAVID LOWNDES (MEtP-16-06-10DL007). months), and family friend Julia “Nothing else in the car was Jinks and her daughter Kara (10 taken so I think they literally just months). went for the bag and then got away
Her car was parked between a as quickly as possible.” green Land Rover Freelander and a As well as the silver Canon camblack Audi at the time of the theft. era, which was in a black zip-up
Mrs Howard added: “I think case, the handbag also contained somebody was watching me when Mrs Howard’s diary and a pink can we left the car because I opened the of bodysprary. boot and put the bag in there. A police spokewoman said: “A