Romford father distraught at stolen safe full of precious home videos

PUBLISHED: 15:00 14 May 2016

Chanelle Whittaker whose house was broken into and valuable videos and pictures taken from the safe

Chanelle Whittaker whose house was broken into and valuable videos and pictures taken from the safe


Irreplaceable home videos and war medals have been stolen, leaving a father-of-five devastated.

John Whittaker, 48, of White Hart Lane, Romford, was left in disbelief when he returned home from a day out with his family, only to find the front door wide open with some of his possessions scattered across the floor.

When he rushed upstairs to check if anything had been taken, he saw an empty space where his small blue safe used to be – not filled with money but with home videos of his children growing up.

He said: “I am just completely devastated, if I’m honest.

“All of my daughters are older now, with my youngest 13.

“I’m desperate to get them back.”

Police were called on April 27 to a report of burglary which is believed to have taken place between 11am and 1pm.

From holidays in the family caravan to birthday celebrations, decades of memories that were recorded have been stolen.

The safe also included a video of the only images John had of his son Johnny, who died when he was four weeks old and his dad’s war medals for his part in the Suez Crisis in October 1956.

John’s daughter Chanelle Whittaker, 22, said: “I am just gutted for my dad. I know what those videos and medals mean to him.

“Now we don’t have anything left of our little brother.”

John is offering a cash reward of £500 to whoever returns his videos and war medals to him.

He said: “All I care about is getting my stuff back.

“They mean so much to me and to think that I’ll never see them again is a horrible thought.

“I would be so grateful for any help that people could give me.”

No arrests have been made and inquiries continue.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of the items, call John on 07961 404856

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