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Reward is offered for the return of stolen love letters sent to Belfast in the 1950s

By Amanda Ferguson

Published 25/04/2015

Rosaleen Rickerby's son Mark is offering a $2,000 (£1,300) reward for the safe return of the letters his late father John posted after he met the then 17-year-old at a linen company in Belfast where he worked
Rosaleen Rickerby's son Mark is offering a $2,000 (£1,300) reward for the safe return of the letters his late father John posted after he met the then 17-year-old at a linen company in Belfast where he worked

Thirty love letters sent to Belfast in the 1950s have been stolen from an 80-year-old woman's home in Los Angeles.

Rosaleen Rickerby's son Mark is offering a $2,000 (£1,300) reward for the safe return of the letters his late father John posted after he met the then 17-year-old at a linen company in Belfast where he worked.

Thieves broke into Mrs Rickerby's home in Glendale, California, and made off with her old yellow make-up case full of love letters written by her "soulmate".

They also stole jewellery, including her husband's wedding ring, and other gifts.

Mr Rickerby said his mother was most upset at the loss of the letters sent by his father, who died in December after a five-year battle with Parkinson's disease.

The depth of the couple's love was very clear.

In a memoir John co-wrote with his son, he described Rosaleen as "the prettiest girl I had ever seen".

Mr Rickerby added: "They're worthless to these people."

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