Family's anguish after burglary

A DISTRAUGHT Ipswich family ransacked by burglars today made a heartfelt plea for the return of their irreplaceable memories.

A DISTRAUGHT Ipswich family ransacked by burglars today made a heartfelt plea for the return of their irreplaceable memories.

Kyle Miller and partner Louise Dyer lost nearly all their cherished pictures of their 16-month-old daughter when their Shrubland Avenue house was looted on New Year's Eve.

Mr Miller's mother, Jenny, was also devastated to find out that poignant footage taken on Christmas Day of her beloved dog's last days alive had been stolen as well.

Around �2,000-worth of electronic equipment was taken during the raid.

Among them was a Canon DVD recorder DC201 which contained a DVD of the family's Christmas Day celebrations.

They also lost Mrs Miller's Toshiba A60 laptop in which was a CD which contained all of Mr Miller's photos from his camera.

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His mobile phone containing hundreds of pictures of Holly's first 16 months was also pinched from the bedroom.

And earlier in the year, Mr Miller's own laptop hard drive crashed, erasing a whole host of other images.

The family are now urging those responsible to get in touch with their good-natured side.

Mrs Miller, of Warwick Road, Ipswich, said: “We just hope we might be able to recover the precious DVD and CD.

“They are totally worthless to anyone else and maybe if there is any luck left we might just get a thief with a conscience who may give them back.”

Mrs Miller was just coming to terms with the sudden death of her three-year-old Newfoundland dog from heart disease the day before the burglary.

She added: “You can't imagine what life is like without a Newfoundland. They are the most wonderful breed of dog.

“She was the main attraction during the late night shopping. She would wear her Santa hat and bib and there would be queues of people taking photos of her.

“As Christmas day was being recorded, we didn't take any photos and now I don't have a single picture of her last Christmas.”

Police are appealing for information over the burglary, which took place between 6pm and 11pm on New Year's Eve.

Items stolen include a silver Sony Vaio laptop, a pink KG500 Samsung mobile phone, GHD hair straighteners, Playstation 2 games, PSP games, Nintendo DS games, a car alarm fob, a Disney carrier bag, a silver/blue Canon DVD camcorder, a silver Kenwood MP3 car stereo, a blue Toshiba Equium A60 laptop and a black PSP.

Anyone with information should call Dc Sophie Leone at Ipswich CID on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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LOUISE Dyer today recalled the panic that set in when she discovered her home had been burgled.

The 21-year-old, her partner Kyle Miller, 22, and their 16-month-old daughter Holly returned to the house an hour before the New Year to find their windows smashed.

Miss Miller said: “I just panicked. I tried to put Holly somewhere safe.

“The first thing we noticed was that the camcorder had gone from the kitchen. Kyle called his mum straightaway and said he was so sorry that he had lost the DVD.

“I was worried there might be someone in the house still so I ran upstairs to make sure no-one was there. I was worried they were going to come back.

“Then we realised the laptop had gone with all our daughter's photos. I am just so sad.”

She said the break-in has also had a psychological impact on them.

She added: “Kyle normally works nights so I am worried. Whenever I hear a noise I think it might be someone out the back.”