A DISTRAUGHT burglary victim has appealed to the criminal who stole a treasured necklace that belonged to her late mum to give it back.
Amanda Gough has made a heartfelt plea for the return of the sentimental silver talisman.
It was the only thing she had left from her mother, Dolores, who died of cancer three years ago.
The necklace was among hundreds of pounds worth of goods stolen when Amanda’s home was burgled over night last Thursday.
Amanda, 40, has been left traumatised by the invasion and hopes to prick the burglar’s conscience to get the necklace back.
The single mum-of-six said: “It’s just vital I get the necklace back. It’s the only thing I’ve got left of my mam.
“It’s no good to anybody else because it’s an SOS talisman, not a vanity necklace.
“I just want it back, it’s very sentimental.
“They don’t realise what they have taken from me and my family, and how important it is to us.”
Amanda, who works as a special needs support worker, only moved into her new home in Raby Road, Hartlepool, four days earlier and was asleep upstairs when the burglar struck.
The necklace was in her handbag for safe-keeping following the move.
It was snatched along with a laptop computer containing videos of Amanda’s mum cradling her first grandchild.
A Nintendo Wii computer console was also stolen.
Talking about the moment she realised she had been burgled, Amanda added: “The next morning I realised my bag had gone missing from downstairs.
“I was searching all over then later we noticed the Wii was missing and then my daughter said ‘where’s my laptop?’ and I thought ‘oh my God we have been burgled.’
“I’m absolutely devastated. I haven’t eaten, I haven’t slept.
“I don’t feel secure and I’m a nervous wreck.”
Two Hartlepool men aged 25 and 23 have been arrested on suspicion of burglary and bailed pending further enquiries.
Anyone with information about the burglary or stolen property is urged to contact Hartlepool Police on (01642) 302110.