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Snowboarder Jenny Jones has issued a public plea for help after her laptop including all of her photographs of her Olympic success was stolen from her car.

The 34-year-old, who became the first Briton to win an Olympic medal in a snow event after taking bronze in slopestyle at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, said she was "devastated" to have lost her photographs, and urged people to keep their "ear to the ground".

The laptop was stolen from the sportswoman's car when it was broken into in Hammersmith, west London, according to her plea.

Writing on Facebook, Jones said: "Last night I had my laptop ( macbookair ) stolen from my car which was broken into outside riverside studios in Hammersmith.

"It has ALL my Olympic photos on it and from the past two years. I am devastated to have lost such amazing memories. I would be so grateful if your (sic) in this area of London if you can keep your hear (sic) to the ground, I know its a long shot but got to try everything. Thanks jenny x."

The Olympian also issued her plea via Twitter, writing: " Had my MacBook Air stolen last night, Riverside studios Hammersmith area. It has ALL my Olympic photos on it... Please keep ear to ground x"

Jones made history at Sochi by winning Britain's first ever medal in a snow event, despite being the oldest competitor in the final by more than six years.

Originally from Downend in Bristol, she first discovered her love of snowboarding at the age of 17 after having a free 30-minute lesson on a dry ski slope with her brothers in Somerset, and later decided to pursue the sport full time.

From her first competition in 1999, she has won a number of slopestyle competitions - including four Winter X-Games, winning three gold medals in two consecutive years (2009 and 2010) in Aspen and Tignes.

A spokeswoman for Jones said the laptop was taken from the boot of her Volkswagen Golf at around 9.30pm last night while she attended a screening at the Riverside Studios.

She said they were still trying to check if the pictures had been backed up via iCloud, but so far could not tell if they had.

"It's just devastating, it's all her photographs from the Olympics, basically all of her Olympic memories," she said.

"For anyone this has happened to, they know how upsetting it is."

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