East Kirkby couple devastated after 'irreplaceable' jewellery and tractor memorabilia stolen
A COUPLE from East Kirkby have been left devastated after returning home to find their house stripped of their most precious possessions.
Alison Farrow and Paul Maidens of Main Road, East Kirkby, returned home on Saturday, March 2, to find their bungalow had been broken into.
Alison said: "I walked into the kitchen and saw that things had been moved but it wasn't until I walked into the living room that I saw drawers had been raided.
"I immediately went into our bedroom where my late mother's jewellery had been stolen and my partner's irreplaceable tractor rally badges and collections."
In addition to a number of watches, necklaces and rings taken, there was a large quantity of distinctive tractor memorabilia including 50 brass tractor rally plaques, 75 enamel tractor and machinery lapel and pin badges, one pocket watch and chain with a Ferguson tractor motif on the front with a personalised engraving reading 'Paul, love Alison xx.'
Also stolen were 10 antique bone handled pocket knives.
Paul said: "I have been collecting memorabilia for nearly 50 years, most of which I have won or from charity events I have taken part in.
"Our memories have gone and we have been left with nothing and we don't even want to leave our home in case of any more damage being done."
Alison said: "In money terms upwards of £6,000 has been stolen but we can't replace any of these items as these are precious family memories."
It is believed that the offender gained entry by smashing the bathroom window just before 10am and left by jumping over the front gate.
Anyone with information is urged to contact DC Wooll-Rivers by dialling 101 and quoting incident number 327 of March 2. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.