Bereaved father pleads for return of items after car stolen
A grieving father who lost his baby son said he has been "destroyed" by the theft of precious mementoes from his car.
A blue, grey and black striped blanket in which the baby boy was wrapped at birth, a red toy dinosaur and a baby blue mirror were inside the black Ford Fiesta which was stolen in Dartford, Kent Police said.
A Stokke iZi Go BeSafe baby car seat, Maxi-Cosi car seat and a blue buggy with a tan leather handle grip were also stored in the car, which was stolen while the baby's bereaved parents were out shopping for his upcoming birthday.
The baby's father, who asked to remain anonymous, said he accepts the car has gone but appealed for the return of its irreplaceable contents.
He told the Press Association: "I've got his birthday coming up. I can't sleep. I'm all over the place at the moment, my partner's in absolute pieces.
"It's that heartbreak feeling again which we had when we had to bury him. It's destroyed me inside to be honest."
He added: "I know that the belongings mean absolutely nothing to them, they might make a few pounds out of them but it's the memories for us, the sentimental value of it all that no-one can replace."
Sergeant Becky Jones said: "When this car was stolen it contained several items which belonged to the victim's deceased child and this has caused a great deal of upset and distress for the whole family.
"These items are of huge sentimental value to the victim and the family would desperately like them back."
Police said the car was stolen from Mead Road, Dartford, on April 19.
The Fiesta's licence plate begins X389 but police say it may have now been removed. The car also has a faulty bonnet which does not close properly.
Anyone with information is asked to call Kent Police on 01474 366149, quoting reference XY/017626/17. Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555111.