Hatfield family distraught after ‘precious memories’ stolen as they slept

PUBLISHED: 17:00 30 August 2013

Sam Cooper 13, Lucy Chisala, Matilda Chisala2, Henry Chisala, Henry Chisala Jnr 9

Sam Cooper 13, Lucy Chisala, Matilda Chisala2, Henry Chisala, Henry Chisala Jnr 9

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A HATFIELD mum has been left distraught after precious family memories were stolen by thieves – while she slept.

Lucy Chisala, of Honeysuckle Gardens, and her husband Henry’s house was broken into while they were at home, and memory sticks containing photographs of their children were taken.

The 33-year-old mother-of-four, said: “All the photographs of the children were on there, from when they were babies and all their birthdays and Christmases.

“We don’t have any back-ups of them.”

The thieves broke into the family home on the morning of August 9 and stole laptops, mobile phones and a large amount of jewellery.

“My Grandma only died in January, and I was saving the jewellery for my daughter when she grew up,” said Mrs Chisala.

The memory sticks were in the laptop bags which were also taken.

Mrs Chisala says on the night of the break-in one of her children woke her up saying they had heard a noise from downstairs at around 2am.

They found the back door was wide open, but assumed it had not been locked properly that evening.

Later in the morning they realised items had been taken and they called the police shortly before 5am.

Thieves took an iPhone, two laptops, a handbag, a watch and a ring and they had snapped the back door lock to gain entrance to the house.

Police have told Mrs Chisala that as the intruders had left no fingerprints they were unlikely to find the culprits.

The criminology student and full-time mum told the Welwyn Hatfield Times that the family now felt unsafe in their home.

Awful

She said: “It is awful.

“It is a bit of a nightmare really, that they came in when we were asleep. We just don’t really want to be here anymore.

“They [the robbers] were disturbed and they didn’t take everything they could have done.

“It makes me think they may come back.”

A spokeswoman from the police confirmed the details and said so far no arrests had been made.

“We would appeal for anyone with any information at all to come forward,” she said.

“Quoting crime reference number B2 -13-2486.”

To contact police call 101.


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