A burglary victim has been left devastated after thieves stole thousands of pounds worth of sentimental jewellery.
The burglars broke into a house on Willowtree Avenue, in Durham, in the early hours of Sunday, October 29.
While inside the property they ransacked the upstairs bedrooms, taking a number of items of sentimental jewellery and perfume, some of which was intended as Christmas presents.
The victim, who does not wish to be named, had been enjoying a night out with her partner when they returned home to find the thieves had broken into the house through an upstairs window.
She said: “We are absolutely devastated.
"The thought of someone being in your house and going through all your belongings is absolutely awful.
“They have taken jewellery that was given as birthday and Christmas presents, or after family milestones.
"They are sentimental and personal items to me and my family.
"They are irreplaceable.”
Some of the items stolen include Pandora bracelets, a gold locket, a Tag Heuer watch, two Ice watches, a Seksy watch and a ruby eternity ring given to the victim when her father passed away three years ago.
“Since it happened I haven’t been able to sleep and have just been breaking down constantly,” she added.
“There are some good people out there so if anybody who is reading this knows where our jewellery is, I would urge them to do the decent thing and come forward.”
Anyone with any information on the incident is asked to contact Durham Constabulary on 101, quoting incident number 6 of October 29.