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Pensioner loses last link to dead daughter in distraction theft

Rose Ellis had worn bracelet around her neck for 50 years

02 May, 2019 — By Tom Foot

A WOMAN is ­heart­broken after distraction thieves stole her dead daughter’s gold bracelet, which she had worn around her neck for 50 years.

Rose Ellis, 79, was approached in Grafton Road, Kentish Town, by two women who got out of a car and asked for directions to a hospital. After being shown the way to the Royal Free in Hampstead, the women kissed her on both cheeks and put cheap chains around her neck. Ms Ellis believes her jewellery was stolen at the same time.

Ms Ellis, who lives in Highgate Road, said: “I was on a lot of tablets and had a bit of bad news really, losing one of my dogs. Although I am my age, I’m not stupid. But I can tell you I did not feel a thing. I want to warn people to be on the lookout for them because this has took my life away.”

One item she lost was a necklace with a small, bangle-style bracelet, which was worn by her daughter Debbie, who died when she was 14 months old.

She said: “She was so tiny, she weighed eight pounds then. She died of a hole in the heart. I still go up to the cemetery regularly. It’s heartbreaking. Almost 50 years ago, and that’s all I’ve got of her. When my dad was ill, I bought him a cross. When he passed away I had it back. My mum’s wedding ring was on another chain, and my boyfriend’s eternity ring. A lot of people wear sentimental stuff, it makes them feel closer to people in the spirit world.”

Ms Ellis said the theft, at 11.30am on Tuesday, was reported to Kentish Town police station.

The Met said: “Inquiries into the circumstances are ongoing.”


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