A Byfield couple had their dream of a romantic honeymoon ruined when their house was ransacked by burglars in their absence.
Lynda and Terry Bowell, of Lovett Road, tied the knot on July 26 before going on a two- week holiday to the Isle of Man with their three daughters – Kate, 18, Emily, 15, and Amy, 13.
But when on Saturday, August 9, neighbour Tracy Edwards went to feed the family’s hamsters, she found the front door unlocked and the house ransacked. It is believed the burglar had forced entry through a window on the back of the property between 8pm on August 8 and 5.40pm the following day.
Items taken included a television, laptop and tablet. Also targeted were the couple’s wedding gifts, a number of which were damaged.
But Mrs Bowell, 46, said she was most upset over the loss of jewellery belonging to her mother, who passed away 12 months ago.
She said: “Personal things have been taken that can never be replaced.
“They had ransacked my girls’ bedrooms as well. It is very upsetting to come home to find someone has been through your home and belongings. We are still discovering things missing now.”
Mrs Bowell, who is a work support officer at the Horton Hospital in Banbury, said the family decided to cut short their holiday when they got the news, but were prevented from returning until August 11 due to storms.
She said: “We couldn’t get back until Monday, that was two days in limbo. I haven’t slept properly since that day.
“We both work very hard for what we have.
“It makes me angry that, pardon my language, some scumbag has come in and taken our things.”
Police say they are currently pursuing several lines of inquiry and are asking anyone with information about the burglary to contact them on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.