Thieves steal pictures and videos of daughter who died of cancer
"IT FEELS like we have lost her all over again. They have stolen all our memories and broken our hearts."
The words of devastated parents, Sharon and Richard Brown, in their appeal to heartless thieves who stole irreplaceable photographs and videos of their daughter, Lance Corporal Amy Corbin (nee Colam), 26, who died of cancer.
Thieves broke into the Browns' home, in Warwick Road, Cleethorpes, while they were on holiday in Gambia and stole a pink Del laptop which held Amy's photographs and videos.
The holiday was to help Sharon, 54, and Richard, 45, put their lives back together after Amy lost her battle against cervical cancer two years ago. Now they do not feel safe in their own home.
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Sharon said: "I feel like I have been violated. It feels like the day Amy died. It is hard enough losing a child but now I have lost all the memories that go with her.
"Looking through the photographs and videos were a huge comfort for me. I could look through the computer and see her, watch the videos and hear her singing. It kept me going on a bad day, now all that has gone."
Amy died a week after marrying fellow soldier Private Rhys Corbin. Not only were the photographs of that special day taken, but they stole her engagement ring, too.
Knowing her cancer was terminal, marrying Rhys was the only one of her dying wishes that came true.
The jewellery Sharon wore to the wedding was also stolen, as were pearls which belonged to Sharon's late sister, Linda.
But the couple have not given up hope of having their belongings returned.
A "scruffy" man in his 40s, wearing a beanie hat and riding a bicycle, was spotted dropping a bag and in it were some of Sharon's less valuable jewellery, including one of Amy's earrings.
"We feel like we have had our hearts ripped out; we were just starting to pick ourselves up and get back on track," said Sharon.
"Amy wouldn't have wanted us to be miserable, but this is devastating.
"Knowing someone has been inches away from my bed and rifling through my things makes me feel sick. Home should be a place of safety and comfort. Now all of that has gone.
"I don't care how it is returned to us, even if someone knocks on the door and runs away. We just want it back with our photographs of our daughter."
Richard said: "Losing a child destroys your life. We have been living in a bubble, going through the motions. Going on holiday was the only thing we looked forward to and then we get back to this."
The Del laptop is a bright, deep pink and has the letter G missing from the keyboard. Contact Humberside Police on 101, quoting incident number 638 of February 4.