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Parents 'heartbroken' following photo theft
4:00pm Thursday 18th October 2012 in News
AN Orford mum and dad have been left ‘heartbroken’ after laptops containing precious photos of their four-year-old daughter with learning difficulties were stolen.
The Northway home of Catherine Bryant and Darren Foster was burgled in the early hours of Thursday morning.
They were in bed when it was raided and woke to find two laptops with thousands of photos and videos of daughter Bethany on had been taken.
Bethany has a rare genetic condition called Kabuki and has only recently learnt to walk and feed herself.
Catherine, aged 29, cares for her full time and said: “We took photos of all these special things that we waited such a long time for and now they are gone.
“All those special memories have been lost.”
Catherine is currently helping to set up charity Kabuki UK to spread awareness of the condition.
A collection bucket containing £200 was also taken, along with two cameras, a Playstation 3 and wallet.
Optical consultant Darren, aged 29, does part time photography and work he had done for the No Secrets charity in Wigan was also on one of stolen laptops.
“We are heartbroken,” said Catherine.
“When I think about all of the photos and videos it gives me a pain in my chest to think of what we have lost.
“These people don’t think of others they just think about an easy bit of money not the pain it causes people.
“For anyone to look at a charity bucket and think ‘there is some easy money’, they just don’t have a conscience.
“Now I just feel on edge at home - when the postman came this morning I jumped out of my skin.”
The family are now appealing for help in recovering the stolen photos.
One laptop is a black Acer with a 15 inch screen. Its serial number is X53U.
The second laptop is a aluminium HP DM3. Its serial number is 10305A.
A silver Canon 350D LSR camera, and silver Sony digital camera were also taken.
Anyone with information can call police on 101.