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Burglary nightmare of nurse's family

PUBLISHED: 05:16 18 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:02 03 March 2010

A MOTHER has relived the terrifying moment burglars broke into her home while she slept upstairs with her husband and young daughter.

The burglars struck at the home of the Baxter family in Lime Tree Place, Stowmarket

While Claire and Antony Baxter and their three-year-old daughter were asleep the thieves broke in and stole possessions including a computer games machine and 25 games, pearl earrings, cameras and mobile phones.

A MOTHER has relived the terrifying moment burglars broke into her home while she slept upstairs with her husband and young daughter.

The burglars struck at the home of the Baxter family in Lime Tree Place, Stowmarket

While Claire and Antony Baxter and their three-year-old daughter were asleep the thieves broke in and stole possessions including a computer games machine and 25 games, pearl earrings, cameras and mobile phones.

The burglars also snatched a bag with Mrs Baxter's nursing diploma research in which she had spent three months on.

With the dissertation due to be handed in within days to the West Suffolk College, the nurse now believes she will fail her course.

Mr Baxter, a 30-year-old sports manager in Ipswich, is also devastated at the loss of his cameras which he has used since he was 18-years old to enjoy his hobby of amateur photography.

His wife, 32, said: "We were asleep when they broke in and are very upset about it. I have never even given burglary a thought before, but this just completely unnerves me to think we were asleep while people were rummaging around.

"They snatched everything they possibly could, even film with pictures of my daughter's Christmas carol concert which I missed.''

Mrs Baxter suspects she may have panicked the burglars in to fleeing when she woke up during the night to hear her daughter coughing and went to sleep next to her.

The mother's dissertation was inside a brown leather bag with other personal belongings and kept inside a clear plastic folder. She is hoping that if anyone finds it they will hand it in to a police station.

Wendy Kerr, police spokeswoman, is also appealing for anyone with information about the crime, which occurred sometime between 1.30am and 6.30am on Thursday, to contact officers.

"Mrs Baxter needs to hand her work in by Wednesday and really wants to get her work back,'' she said.

The latest burglary comes after a separate incident when thieves broke into the Bull pub in Bacton, near Stowmarket, while the landlord and lady slept on Tuesday night, before stealing cash from the fruit machine after smashing it with a hammer.

Anyone with information about the Stowmarket burglary should contact Pc Alan Soames on 01284 774100.


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