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"I've lost my husband, and now I've lost the token of his love": Woman appeals for return of stolen engagement ring

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Police are asking to help to find an 83 year old woman's engagement ring, which she had worn for more than 60 years. Officers have renewed their appeal for information following the first anniversary of the theft. The ring was reported stolen from a home in Chandlers Ford.

Police have pursued several lines of enquiry during an investigation, which included the questioning of a woman aged in her 40s.

The ring is described as gold/platinum diamond, which has five diamonds set onto a flat base. It has great sentimental value to the lady. Officers have been working with her to produce a digital photo-fit of the ring as part of the appeal

The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, said: "This whole experience is as though somebody has deprived me of part of my life. My future husband and I were living in Scotland in the early 1950s when we took the Waverley paddle steamer to Gourock. He asked me to go down and look at engines. Once there, he got down on one knee, and asked me to marry him. The ring was so much part of me; a part that I feel is still missing. I've lost my husband, and now I've lost the token of his love. My home, my space, was invaded. I've never had anything taken before in my life. I don't understand how someone could do something like that. It still hurts. If you have any information, please tell the police."

Police seek information over burglary in Chandler's Ford

Police are appealing for information following a burglary that occurred in Hiltingbury Road, Hiltingbury West sometime between 12pm on Saturday, April 11 and 5.30pm on Sunday, April 12.

The offender/s gained entry into the property through a door at the rear. An untidy search was made of the bedrooms and jewellery was stolen.

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who might have been in the area at the time or who might have seen any suspicious activity or vehicles in the area.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC Card on 101, quoting 44150122740, or call the charity Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.


Appeal after taxi driver assaulted

Police have released images of three men they would like to speak to after a taxi driver was assaulted in Chandlers Ford on Saturday, January 10.

At around 9pm the 45 year-old driver arrived at the Asda car park on Bournemouth Road to drop off three men he had picked up in the Witts Hill area of Southampton.

The driver reported that he was punched to the side of the head and the men left without paying him. They were last seen heading on foot towards Chestnut Avenue. The driver was not injured and nothing was taken during the unprovoked assault.

Police are now releasing images of three men they would like to speak to in connection with this incident. They are described as:

Two of the men are white, the third man is of mixed race.All are of slim build and aged in their late teens or early twenties.One man was wearing a dark hooded top and a dark baseball cap.

One man was wearing a grey hooded top.Anyone with any information or the drivers of vehicles in the car park who may have seen what happened are asked to contact PC Jason Gore at Eastleigh police station on 101 quoting 44150010761

Cash stolen during robbery in Chandlers Ford

Police are appealing for information after cash was stolen during a robbery in Chandlers Ford.At some time between 9am and 10am on Friday, August 8 the 31-year-old victim was walking along the alleyway between Bournemouth Road and Templars Way, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh. Once in the alleyway he was pushed to floor by two men, who snatched his bag and took £280 from his wallet. The victim sustained a minor injury to his wrist. His bag was found nearby. The first man is described as:

  • - Aged in his early 20s
  • - Slim build
  • - 6ft 1ins
  • - Wearing a black hoody with the hood up and distinctive blue trainers with bright green stripes

The second man is described as:

  • - Aged in his early 20s- Slim build
  • - 5ft 5ins
  • - Wearing a maroon coloured hoody with the hood up

"The victim has been left understandably shaken by what has happened to him. The incident took place during a busy time of day and I would urge anyone who was passing the location at the relevant time who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously to make contact with us. “As always I would advise members of the public to be vigilant and report any suspicous activity to the police immediately.”

– PC Jason Gore

Pensioner had £600 pension pick-pocketed from him

Video. A 97-year-old has spoken from his hospital bed about the moment he was targeted by a thief who stole hundreds of pounds in cash.

The woman was caught on camera stealing the money just moments after Leslie Parsonage collected £600 in pension money and savings at the Fryern Arcade shopping precinct at Chandlers Ford.

Since the incident, the partially sighted pensioner has suffered a serious blood clot and says he is too afraid to go out. Andrew Pate reports.


Mothers' appeal for missing teenagers

Tilly Young and Kaitland Ross Credit: ITV Meridian

Family have set up a Facebook page in their appeal to find two missing 14 year olds, Tilly Young and Kaitland Ross.

The pair from Winchester and Chandlers Ford were last seen in Essex Green on Tuesday at 5pm. To find out more click here.

Police say that at about 6.40pm, they may have been seen in Wide Lane, near Parkway railway station, Eastleigh. Another unconfirmed sighting put them near the Fleming Arms pub, Sholing, at about 7.30pm. In Sholing, they were in the company of two boys their own age.

PC Kelly Drodge appealed to the two girls and their friends.

She said: “The police and your families are very concerned for your welfare. You are only 14, and we are told it is unusual for you not to be in contact with your families after two days.

“It is possible that your mobile phones are not charged, so contact is difficult. It is important that you either borrow a phone, dial 999 and ask for Hampshire police or report to a police station so it can be established that you are safe and well."

The officer also appealed to anyone who knows where the girls are or who has seen them since Tuesday to contact police at Eastleigh on 101.