Page 11 Mum’s plea for re­turn of cam­era

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS - By MATTHEW REVILLE

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

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