Search

‘I’m broken-hearted’: Pickpockets in Romford steal memento to dead dad

12:24 15 January 2014

Karen LeSurf with a picture of her dad George Clarke.

Karen LeSurf with a picture of her dad George Clarke.

Archant

A mother whose purse was snatched by a pickpocket has said the loss of a memento of her beloved dad has left her “broken-hearted”.

Karen LeSurf, of Thornton’s Farm Avenue, Rush Green, carried a photo ID bus pass used by her father George Clarke in her bag for years after his death from cancer aged 52 because “it was like having a part of him with me.”

The 45-year-old child minder was shopping at The Card Factory store, in Laurie Walk, in the Libery Shopping Centre, Romford, when the purse containing the pass along with £110 and baby pictures of her daughter Georgia, 16, were stolen.

It is the latest incident in a recent spate of thefts at the nationwide company’s Romford stores.

“He was my world, I was 24 when I lost him,” said Karen of George, who served in the army catering corps and did magic as a hobby. “Just having that [bus pass] with me was having a part of him. It was something he touched and he used.”

Karen said she was looking for a card when a woman barged into her twice and then left the store at about 11.20am on Friday.

She managed to catch one of the thieves, detaining her until police arrived, but not before the purse was passed to an accomplice, who has so far managed to evade capture.

Karen is now appealing for anyone who has found her large leather purse, which is black with white circles on it, or the bus pass, to contact her. She is also warning others to be vigilant.

“If you feel someone knock into you check their hands immediately - I wish I had,” she said.

A woman has been arrested and bailed until early February pending further inquiries over the theft.

It is the fourth pickpocketing in the past month in Romford Card Factory stores.

Info to Det Con Dave Chitty at Havering police on 01708 779137 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

You can reach Karen via the Recorder on 020 8477 3878 or jane.ball@archant.co.uk.

Latest Romford News Stories

Scenes from the explosion. Picture: Alison Braun

One man tells how he saw injured people fleeing and cars hit by debris

Scene of explosion. Picture: Alison Braun

Four people have been treated for injuries following the explosion at the block of flats.

Scenes from the explosion. Picture: Alison Braun

Fire engines and ambulances can be seen lining Gallows Corner in these pictures taken at the scene of the explosion.

Emergency services have been alerted to an explosion at a block of flats in Hornchurch.

Residents are in the process of being evacuated from a block of flats following an explosion.

Holocaust Memorial Day service. Picture: Mark Sepple

It was a time for reflection and to remember those who lost their lives during the Holocaust at a special service.

15:19
Michael Adebolajo Picture: Metropolitan Police

A Romford murderer, who killed soldier Lee Rigby, is seeking £20,000 compensation for losing two teeth.

The mayor of Havering with Store Room Youth Theatre, who will be performing at the variety show, during their rehearsals for the London's New Year's Day Parade.

Enjoy entertainment from the community while supporting good causes at the Mayor of Havering’s Charity Variety Show.

Breaking News

18:05
Emergency services have been alerted to an explosion at a block of flats in Hornchurch.

Residents are in the process of being evacuated from a block of flats following an explosion.

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Are you in need of a new kitchen? Try our competition and you could win a brand new one!

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

MyOffers H&M Competition

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now