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A heartbroken Fenland mum is appealing for help in catching burglars who smashed their way into her home and stole a safe containing her late boyfriend's ashes.

The safe, hidden in a wardrobe at Kerry Burden's home in Tydd St Giles, also had £7,000 in it and now the mum of two says her daughters will miss out on Christmas.

"I have been saving for ages, and that money was for Christmas and for my youngest daughter's birthday next Saturday (27), she is five," said Kerry, who has CCTV images of the culprits. "Now she her birthday and Christmas has been ruined."

One of the burglars carries the safe away after breaking into Kerry Burden's home.
One of the burglars carries the safe away after breaking into Kerry Burden's home.

Images show the burglars fully hidden behind masks and dressed in black from head to foot but one of the four men involved left a big clue to his identity in the form of blood on a wall, floor and door frame.

Kerry is hoping that will help trap those responsible and ultimately lead to the return of her boyfriend Lee Gardner's ashes. Lee from Wisbech was killed in a motorcycle accident in August 2019.

His ashes were contained in a velvet grey coloured pouch in the safe, which was a black metal box with a small door and numbers on the front. Kerry said: "Lee's ashes mean a hell of a lot to me, they are all I have left."

The burglars were driving a gun metal coloured Seat Leon with its number plates taped over.
The burglars were driving a gun metal coloured Seat Leon with its number plates taped over.

Kerry said: "They took the safe and would have had to open somewhere else because they would have needed time and crowbars or something to get into it. It would be great if people could keep an eye out when they are walking their dogs for the safe.

"It could have been dumped and hopefully the ashes are still with it, as they are not worth anything."

Kerry is also upset that police took over an hour-and-a-half to get to her home after a neighbour saw what was happening and contacted them to report the burglary while the perpetrators were still in the house.

Kerry is hoping blood left at the scene will help trap the culprits.
Kerry is hoping blood left at the scene will help trap the culprits.

She said: "If they had come straight away they might have stood a chance of catching them There were four of them, two who broke into the house and two that sat in a car outside. But they were only in the house four minutes, they knew what they were after.

"The car was a gun metal grey Seat Leon and they had taped over the number plates, but they probably removed the tape somewhere close by because they wouldn't want to draw attention to the car, so if anyone saw it parked up they should get in touch with police."

A police spokesperson said: "Police were called at 12.05pm yesterday (17 November) to Tydd St Giles, following a report of a burglary. The information passed was that the suspects had left the area and an investigation began immediately to try to locate them.

The burglars were driving a gun metal coloured Seat Leon with its number plates taped over.
The burglars were driving a gun metal coloured Seat Leon with its number plates taped over.

"Following this officers then attended the address to continue the investigation. Anyone with any information should contact police on 101 quoting incident 166 of 17 November."

Kerry is hoping blood left at the scene will help trap the culprits.
Kerry is hoping blood left at the scene will help trap the culprits.
The burglars were heavily disguised by masks and wearing black from head to toe.
The burglars were heavily disguised by masks and wearing black from head to toe.


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