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Nailsea family reunited with stolen safe after sisters from Clevedon find it in the woods

The were on their daily walk with their parents. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Two girls from North Somerset have been praised for reuniting a family with lost sentimental items - after finding them in a forest.

The sisters, 11-year-old Jemima Hamblin and 10-year-old Lulu Hamblin, were walking through woodland with their parents in Clevedon when they stumbled upon a safe.

Initially thinking they would find some chocolate coins, inside the girls actually found commemorative coins and children’s keepsakes, as well as passports, birth certificates and bank cards.

The family called the police, who were able to track down who the safe belonged to.

Police have praised the girls' efforts in getting the items back to their rightful owners. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

It had been stolen from a family in Nailsea, less than a fortnight before Christmas last year.

PC Caleb Ford and PC Jessica Dellenty handed back the safe and its contents to its rightful owners on the same day it was found.

Jemima and Lulu's parents were full of pride for their daughters reuniting the treasure with the family who it had been stolen from.

I’m very proud of my two girls.

They were doing their daily exercise walk near Ladye Bay, as we live in Clevedon. The girls wanted to go through the woods looking for insects and they came across the safe. They initially thought it might be a bug house but came running to my husband David and I to say that had found these items.

– Emily Hamblin, Jemima and Lulu's mum

The police echoed Emily's pride, saying the family were 'delighted' to have their 'irreplaceable' possessions home safely.

Many of the items were irreplaceable.

After three months without any positive news they had lost hope of ever seeing their keepsakes again, but thanks to Jemima and Lulu they are now back with the family. Both of the girls were stars in making sure we were contacted and could return the property and put a smile back on the family’s faces.

– PC Caleb Ford

Police are still appealing for information relating to the original burglary, and anyone with information is asked to report it online and give crime reference number 5219288095.