Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 24°C

min temp: 17°C

Five-day forecast

Hornchurch woman offers £10k reward for return of mother’s stolen engagement ring

Christine Caley is offering a reward for the return of the ring. Christine Caley is offering a reward for the return of the ring.

Thursday, February 27, 2014
10:32 AM

A woman is offering a £10,000 reward for the return of her mother’s “irreplaceable” engagement ring after it was stolen by burglars as she slept.

To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in.

Christine Caley, 52, is taking the extraordinary step five months after thieves broke into her home.

She said: “When I realised the ring was gone, it felt like hearing of a bereavement.

“It’s not something that can be replaced emotionally - dad gave it to mum and he’s not with us anymore.

“We have had it in the family for such a long time, the first thing my mum after the burglary was ‘did they take the ring?’.”

Her mother, 83, had passed it on to Christine to wear.

No one has been arrested for the burglary on September 25 in Hubbards Chase, Hornchurch.

The ring, which is made of platinum with a 1.5 carat diamond in the centre and two sets of three diamonds either side, was just part of the thieves’ haul.

They broke in while Christine and her 17-year-old son were asleep upstairs and got away with jewellery, iPads, laptops, an iPhone and the car.

“Police said they think they came for the car and grabbed everything they could get their hands on,” Christine said.

“My husband went to work at 5.30am and by the time I got up at 7.30am, everything was gone.

“They came in while when we were in bed, they could have come upstairs – anything could have happened.

“I’m glad they didn’t, it could have been a lot worse.”

A Havering Police spokesman said enquiries are “ongoing” but the family have lost hope of having their belongings returned.

They believe someone must have seen the distinctive ring, which could have been sold on.

Christine said: “I am prepared to give a large reward no questions asked.

“I don’t care if it is returned via the burglar or the purchaser, we just want it back.”

Anyone with information is asked to email c.caley1@icloud.com.

Share this article

0 comments

   Local advertisers

Other News Articles

Click here to read the Digital Edition of the Romford Recorder on screen
Use our Wedding site to help you plan your big day!
At WeddingSite we know how much you have to organise for your wedding day, that's why we have designed a set of FREE, simple-to-use tools to make the planning process easy & hassle-free. FIND OUT MORE
Find a date using our online dating and friend finder
You can meet new friends, find romance or simply meet up online with people sharing similar interests and hobbies. FIND OUT MORE
Find a local business using our online directory search
Need a plumber? Or a florist? Or anything else? Search our business directory to find Romford businesses in just a few seconds. FIND OUT MORE
Family notices from the Romford Recorder, with readers' tributes
In memoriam, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, best wishes & special days. FIND OUT MORE

Around the Web See all