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Woman burgled in Stourbridge while sitting with dying husband

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Image caption Police have released CCTV images taken from the scene. Detectives said they wanted to talk to anyone with information about the person pictured or the van

A woman has been burgled while she was in hospital with her dying husband.

The 63-year-old, who wants to stay anonymous, had spent all night and all day with her husband, who died on Wednesday evening.

When she returned to her home in Stourbridge, West Midlands, in the early hours of Thursday she found her house had been burgled.

Items taken included a digital camera and an iPad containing irreplaceable family photographs.

Jewellery and piggybanks containing cash were also stolen.

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The victim said: "After a seven month battle with cancer I said goodbye to my husband, the man I love so much. To find our home broken into, a home that we had built together, there are just no words.

"I haven't been able to grieve for my husband. I've not only lost him, but I've lost so much of 'us' in everything they've taken."

Police are appealing for information about the break-in, which happened in Avon Road in Oldswinford, at some point between 10:00 GMT on Wednesday and 01:15 on Thursday.

West Midlands Police have released CCTV images taken from the area which show a young man and a van they want to trace in connection with the burglary.

Det Con Shelley Punshon said: "I can't even begin to understand how painful it must be to return home to a burglary just hours after the death of your husband.

"Someone is going to know who did this, but they may not know the full circumstances of what the home owner was going through. I'd urge them to do search their conscience and do the right thing."

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