A 93-year-old pensioner and his household have been left heartbroken after thieves stole his wife’s ashes throughout a burglary close to Epping Forest final weekend.
Eric Doubleday, of London Road, Abridge, close to Chigwell, was married to his spouse Doris for 70 years, till she died simply this 12 months, aged 91.
The thieves absconded with the mahogany picket field in the midnight, burgling the 93-year-old while he slept.
The lack of his wife’s ashes is claimed to have ‘damaged his coronary heart’.
Breaking in at round 5am on Sunday April 11, the criminals poached a variety of gadgets together with the ashes, which have been in a field that bears a plaque which reads: ‘Doris Marie Doubleday 1930-2021’.
Doris Doubleday died simply two months in the past, and Mr Doubleday’s granddaughter, Ella Terry, has made a heartfelt plea to attempt to get Doris’ ashes returned to her husband.
Ella mentioned: “My grandparents had been married for over 70 years.
“We solely misplaced my nan in February this 12 months so to now have had her ashes stolen is much more heart-breaking. The different gadgets stolen have been simply materials issues.
“Obviously we want to get every thing again but when we may select just one, it might be nan’s ashes.
“This has damaged my grandad’s coronary heart, together with all of us as a household. Not solely are we nonetheless grieving her loss, we now have been left with out her ashes.”
PC Thomas Tod mentioned: “To do that to a household who’re already grieving is devastating and cruel.
“We are progressing our enquiries and can do every thing we will to deliver folks to justice.
“I urge anybody who noticed or heard something in the world on the time, or has any data, to please contact us.”
Essex Police have requested anybody with data to contact Loughton CID quoting reference 42/65250/21.
Alternatively, you’ll be able to name Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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