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Bangor burglary: Grieving mother's laptop returned

Chloe McCance
Image caption Chloe McCance, who had the rare degenerative illness, Batten's Disease, died earlier this month

A stolen laptop containing the last photographs of an ill child before she died has been returned to her family.

Lynda McCance appealed for public help to find the laptop after her home was burgled and the room of her eight-year-old daughter Chloe - who died earlier this month - was ransacked.

Christmas presents and the computer were taken from the home in Bangor, County Down.

Ms McCance said she was grateful to those who had offered their support.

She did not go into details of how the laptop came to be returned.

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Media captionLynda McCance says she "never thought in a million years" that she would see the laptop again

The burglary in Sinclair Avenue took place 11 days after Chloe - who had a rare degenerative illness called Batten's Disease - died.

'Thanks so much'

Ms McCance said the laptop contained files created for Chloe's funeral service, including a slide show of her life story and a verse written for her.

She told the BBC the return of the laptop had "restored our faith in humanity a little bit".

"Someone out there has a conscience," she said.

In an earlier Facebook post, Ms McCance wrote: "Wanna say a big thank you to everyone who has shared my posts, sent messages, donated money and everything else.

"I now have my laptop back in my possession... thanks so much for all your support."

In an appeal for the return of the laptop, Ms McCance said: "We went out on Friday, we were getting tribute tattoos done, and we came home and we just sat down because we had got a takeaway.

"I went into the hall and discovered her bedroom door was open which just wasn't right because we have not been in that room since her funeral and we went out the back and discovered the back gate had been unlocked.

"We discovered our laptop was gone, a bag of groceries gone, Christmas presents taken, and the drawers had been gone through.

"To think somebody has trespassed and went into her room and seen everything and just done what they have done to us.

"We can't believe that after everything we have been through that it could get any worse."

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