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Collier Row mum loses all pictures of young children following phone theft

Hayley Grant with her children Oliver and Lucia Hayley Grant with her children Oliver and Lucia

Thursday, April 17, 2014
7:00 AM

A mother has made a desperate plea to thieves who stole her mobile phone containing all of the photos of her young children.

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Hayley Grant, 29, of Collier Row, had her Samsung Galaxy Note 2 pinched from her bag while she was shopping in Accessorize in The Liberty shopping centre in Romford.

It contained nearly three years’ worth of photos of her children, five-year-old Oliver and Lucia, two.

Now, distraught Hayley is appealing for the return of the photos, which are stored on a removable memory card.

“I’m not bothered about the handset now,” she said. “I just want the memory card with all my photos back. I had every single photo ever taken of my young children on there.

“It was taken in a 10-second spell while I was shopping with a friend. Stupidly, I hadn’t backed up the images. I am devastated – I’ve lost the photos of them growing up.”

The phone is worth about £300. Police have viewed CCTV footage from the shop, which shows the theft.

Jonathan Poole, centre manager of The Liberty, said: “We are sorry to hear the theft of Ms Grant’s belongings. This is an isolated incident and we are working with the police to ensure a swift recovery. We are doing all we can to see the recovery of the mobile phone.”

Police are investigating the incident and no arrests have been made.

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