Northern Ireland

Cancer patient devastated by theft of wedding ring

A heirloom signet ring was among the items stolen Image copyright Family
Image caption A heirloom signet ring was among the items stolen

A Belfast breast cancer patient whose wedding and engagement rings were stolen while she was in hospital has said she is "devastated" by the theft.

The woman was being visited by her husband after undergoing a mastectomy, when their home was burgled.

Rooms in their house on Belmont Park were ransacked and electronic items and designer handbags were also stolen.

"It's very traumatic to think that someone has been in our home," she said.

Several pieces of jewellery, including an heirloom gold signet ring with a distinctive crest, a diamond solitaire engagement ring, and a gold wedding band were taken.

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Image caption The woman's wedding ring was also taken during the burglary

The woman told the BBC: "To say that we have been devastated by this theft is an understatement.

"What has been most hurtful is the theft of my treasured jewellery, the sentimental value of which makes it irreplaceable.

"They took my original emerald and diamond ring with which my husband proposed - that belonged to his grandmother. My wedding band was also taken with necklaces, bracelets and watches - basically all the jewellery that I own.

"Bags and cameras can be replaced. All I care about is getting my jewellery back because it means so much to us as a family."

She has appealed for the return of the items.

Police have asked anyone with any information or who witnessed suspicious activity in the area at the time to contact them.

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Image caption The rings have a sentimental value to the woman