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Daughter 'devastated' by gems raid

A grieving daughter has been left "devastated" after burglars broke into her home and stole her late mother's jewellery.

The thieves made off with a collection valued at £10,000 after drilling through a safe in Helen Barnes' home in Newtownbreda in Castlereagh.

Ms Barnes' mother Elizabeth Chambers died four weeks ago.

A diamond engagement ring and gold wedding ring were among the items taken. Medals and a gold personalised watch belonging to her late father George Chambers were also stolen.

Ms Barnes' fiance Ronald Surgenor said his bride-to-be had been left heartbroken by the raid.

"She was absolutely devastated," he said. "It brought everything back, she was just starting to get over the grief of losing her mother and now she has lost her jewellery and rings as well.

"They are worth a lot in monetary terms, but they are worth far more in sentimental terms.

"You couldn't put a price on that."

A sum of New Zealand dollars was also taken from the safe.

Police in Castlereagh have appealed for information about the burglary in the Glenholm Crescent area, which happened last Friday between 8.30am and 5.40pm.

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