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Burglars steal murdered nurse’s jewellery from brother’s Hornchurch home

14:56 08 August 2014

Cheryl Moss wearing the Alsatian chain

Cheryl Moss wearing the Alsatian chain

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A gold chain worn by a nurse when she was brutally murdered was among the “irreplaceable” items stolen from her brother’s house last week.

Recorder's front page on April 7 2006, the day after Cheryl's murderRecorder's front page on April 7 2006, the day after Cheryl's murder

Chris Ewart, whose 33-year-old sister Cheryl Moss was stabbed 72 times outside St George’s Hospital in Hornchurch in April 2006, is appealing for the thieves to return the jewellery.

Among the items taken was the 18in chain with an Alsatian on it worn by Cheryl when she was ambushed by 19-year-old Stuart Harling of Rainham, who is serving a life sentence for the killing.

Chris, of Abscross Lane, Hornchurch, was holidaying in Norfolk with his wife Nicola and daughter Rachel when neighbours called about a possible break-in and alerted police.

He told the Recorder: “It made me feel sick. It’s not about the monetary value. The items are irreplaceable, they are from people no longer here, it’s horrid.

Rachel Ewart's house was burgled while on holiday and her murdered Aunt's Jewellery among other things was stolen. She has made posters to show businesses in the area to help find the lost Jewellery.Rachel Ewart's house was burgled while on holiday and her murdered Aunt's Jewellery among other things was stolen. She has made posters to show businesses in the area to help find the lost Jewellery.

“It doesn’t have that value to the person who’s got it - they will get themselves a few hundred quid. But for me it is a part of history I can’t replace.”

Also taken was a necklace with Cheryl’s name on it, and items belonging to their mother Greta, who died in 2008.

“My mum had a chain with a teddy bear on it,” said Chris, 49. “She adored that chain.”

In an emotional plea, he called on the thieves to show recompense.

“If somewhere deep down they have got a heart, I would say hand it in anonymously at a police station or post it through my front door. I would be quite a forgiving person”

Speaking about his sister’s murder eight years on, he added: “You do come to terms with things but you never get over it, and this has not helped.

“I feel guilty I haven’t protected them enough, I’m kicking myself.”

Rachel, 21, is now travelling around local businesses with posters displaying the jewellery in a bid to track it down.

She said: “It’s awful, all the memories are in that jewellery.”

If you have any information contact Havering police on 101 quoting reference 5411300/14 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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