Woodford Green couple make television appeal for stolen memories

A couple from Woodford Green whose home was ransacked by burglars made a television appearance last week as they stepped up their appeal for the return of a home-movie.

Kate Loughlan and Andy Makin, of Lechmere Avenue were interviewed by Margaret Feord on London Tonight following the theft of a video camera which had footage of their five-month-old baby’s first breaths.

Miss Loughlan, 33, described the Sony Handycam’s memory card as the most precious thing she owns as she was unconscious during and after the birth due to complications.

She said: “It’s a bit of long shot and no one has been in contact yet but we are trying everything.

“We are both heart broken because these are memories we will never get back.

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“The camera has probably been sold on and we are hoping the card has not been wiped or thrown away.”

Miss Loughlan did not leave hospital for two weeks after the birth due to picking up an infection and missed many of daughter Minnie’s first days.

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The card also has footage of her first bath and when she was brought home.

The burglary happened in the early hours of April 22. A Canon SLR camera, three necklaces, Ray-Ban sunglasses, an MP3 player, a wallet and a purse were also stolen.

CCTV cameras are being checked to see if the thieves, who withdrew �300 from a cash point in Cranbrook Road, Ilford at 5.15am, can be indentified.

They rummaged through drawers to find the PIN code. Police found Miss Loughlan’s purse, which had been emptied.

Anyone with information should contact Det Con Alison Sheppard on 020 8345 2610.

If you have the memory card, send it to c/o Mark Weatherup, Woodford Recorder, 539 High Road, Ilford, IG1 1UD.

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