By email@example.com Friday 30 August 2013 Updated: 30/08 00:10
HEARTLESS burglars have stolen laptops containing a dad’s irreplaceable photos of his late son who passed away before he was two-years-old from rare heart condition.
Cliff Cox returned from holiday on Monday afternoon (September 26) to find a smashed window at his home in Mercia Close, Charford, and his lounge completely emptied of valuable electrical belongings.
It soon dawned on the single dad-of-three a pair of laptops containing hundreds of precious images of Ashton had been taken and possibly lost forever.
The youngster passed away on July 25, 2008, just before his second birthday after battling Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome since the day he was born. The extremely rare condition meant only half of his heart worked correctly.
Cliff said the laptops containing the photos were usually stored away but were only out because he had recently marked the fifth anniversary of his son’s death.
The haul of other items stolen included seven other laptops due to Cliff’s partner being an NVQ assessor, three Nintendo DSs with games, XBOX, PS3, Wii, a pair of iPad 2s, a pair of Kindles and mobile phones, along with around £1,000 in of cash.
Cliff, a former rock climber who defied doctors’ predictions he would never walk again, also had his life-changing medication stolen.
But it is the loss of Ashton’s pictures which has been the most difficult to take.
“I am just devastated, everything else can be replaced but losing those pictures is breaking me.
“I’ve lost my son once now I have lost him again.”
Cliff said he stayed in the lounge the night he got back and was unable to sleep. He added the stolen cash stored in pots, was also difficult to accept because it was money saved for his three girls’ Christmas and birthday presents and for an ongoing fund-raising campaign for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
Launching an appeal into the incident, West Mercia Police confirmed burglars smashed a window at the back of the property and got in between 1.30pm Friday (August 23), and 2.20pm Monday (August 26).
A spokesman said: “The victim is desperate to retrieve the pictures which understandably have considerable sentimental value.”
Anyone with any information on the incident or the whereabouts of the stolen items should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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