08:58AM, Thursday 07 February 2013
A heartbroken mum has issued a public plea to recover an irreplaceable piece of jewellery worn by her late son after it was snatched by burglars.
Devastated Dawn Bennett is reeling after the St Christopher was taken by thieves who ransacked her St Chads Road home in Cox Green.
It was worn by her son Neil Muspratt throughout his battle with Crohn's disease.
The popular 48-year-old, who had worked as a butcher at A A Fisher in the town centre, died from complications nearly two years ago.
His cherished piece of jewellery was gold, shaped liked a 10 pence coin and he wore it on a chain around his neck.
"I do not want any information about anything else," said Dawn.
"I just want his St Christopher back. I cannot replace it and I cannot replace him."
The retired site manager at St Marks Hospital in St Mark's Road said Neil had 33 operations and the St Christopher was with him until he died.
"When he went to have any operation done it was the last thing he took off and the first thing he put back on after the operation," she added.
Neil, a former Cox Green School student, lived with his mum while suffering from the inflammatory bowel disease. He was also supported throughout by his sister Beverley Vockins.
The callous criminals targeted Dawn's house in broad daylight on Monday last week.
She returned from town at 4pm to find her home had been raided.
She described the shock of seeing all her possessions thrown onto the floor by the burglars, who also took more than £800 in cash.
Police are investigating the break-in. House-to-house enquiries have been made by officers but no arrests have been made.
Call on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously 0800 555111.
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