South East Wales

Pontypridd widow, 86, burgled before husband's funeral

An 86-year-old widow has been burgled the day before her husband's funeral.

The break-in happened early on Sunday while Gwyneth Sheryn, and family who had arrived for the funeral, slept at the house in Glyncoch, Pontypridd.

Mrs Sheryn's husband Brian, 87, died earlier this month. Her son David said: "Coming at this time, this is something which has absolutely devastated her."

South Wales Police are investigating. It is thought the break-in happened between 0100 and 0500 BST on Sunday.

The woman's credit card and purse were stolen, while her son's family lost mobile phones, laptops and cameras which contained family photos.

Also stolen was a diary Mrs Sheryn kept while nursing her husband, who was seriously ill with Parkinson's disease.

"It has sentimental value," said David Sheryn, "but it was also of value to people in the medical profession who are trying to fight this dreadful disease."

Mr Sheryn explained that the burglary was discovered by his mother.

"She came down early and there wasn't a lot of disruption, they seemed to know what they were doing," he said.

"She noticed her purse was missing to start with.

"We'd like the personal family items recovered, if that was possible, but this is about catching them and stopping them from doing this to someone else."

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