Wisbech widow robbed

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An elderly widow was robbed of priceless jewellery including her wedding ring during a raid on her home.

Freda Garford, 89, was settling down for a night in front of the TV when a man walked into her living room and told the pensioner: “I think you’ve been broken into my love, check your handbag.”

When widow Freda, who lives alone, searched her purse she realised her cash was gone.

On leaving the house, the man showed the elderly lady the window which the robber entered through and said: “I’ll go and find them”, before making off into the dark.

Not only had her cash been stolen but the callous thief had gone through numerous cupboards, bags and boxes at her home in Wisbech.

A number of family heirlooms were taken, including Freda’s mother’s ring which was a 200-year-old platinum diamond ring.

The retired factory worker’s engagement ring and wedding ring were also taken, along with a number of necklaces.

Granddaughter Debbie Nobbs, 39, said Freda hasn’t returned home since the September 6 raid.

She said: “I’m very angry and I’d like to find out who has done this.”

Police are investigating after five burglaries have been reported in the last 11 days. Fenland operations manager Insp Will Davis said that this was not an excessive amount when compared to recent months.

He said: “We generally suffer one burglary dwelling per day for the whole of Fenland. That being said, burglary continues to be one of our main priorities.

“Despite pressures to save up to 40 per cent from the policing budget, we acknowledge that burglary destroys people’s lives and we will continue to relentlessly target those who continue to offend or handle stolen goods.”