A MUM said she is heartbroken after boxes containing her family’s baby photos, christening gifts and her stillborn son’s death certificate were stolen from her home and torched.
Hannah Winchurch, 28, called the police after she discovered five boxes of “treasured” childhood mementoes, her children’s toys and her lawn mower had been taken from her shed in the early hours of Tuesday October 2.
She is now appealing for anybody who knows about the theft to get in touch with police.
Ms Winchurch, of Graham Drive, said: “I am devastated that I now have nothing to show my children when they get older, they took every box I had in my shed which had every photo, hospital wrist tag and birth certificate in.
“All the pictures and memories of my son Jayden, who was stillborn in June 2010, were in those boxes, including his death certificate, and now I have nothing left of him.
“I can’t believe these people would take my treasured memories, they weren’t even of any value to anyone else. It was just malicious.”
The mum-of-four had moved all the childhood keepsakes and certificates out of her loft into the shed while her roof was being repaired.
A neighbour contacted Ms Winchurch on the day of the theft to say they had found her belongings just metres away on Kershaw Avenue, but they had been set on fire and were irreparable.
Ms Winchurch – who moved into the property six weeks ago – added: “When I saw the pile of ash, I felt sick, that was all my children’s memories I had collected over ten years.
“There was still a fire when I got there, I saw my photos, christening cards, babies’ memories burning.
“I had a choice between putting the children’s Christmas presents in the shed or the boxes, which I never thought anyone would take.
“I know it’s someone on the estate because I had only put them in the shed three days before and I think they must have been watching.
“They even took my daughter’s scooter and a pot of paint we’d been redecorating the house with and tried to paint over the scooter to disguise it, but we found it with the remains of the memorabilia.
“I hope anyone who has information will come forwards, it’s a small estate and someone must have seen something.”
Anyone with information should call Castleford neighbourhood policing team on 01924 206210 or the non-emergency number 101.