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Garden snatch misery for Ipswich family

PUBLISHED: 12:15 28 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:34 03 March 2010

A DEVASTATED widow is broken hearted after thieves stole a wishing well from her garden.

Dot Palmer said she broke down in tears when she realised that the four foot high concrete well was missing.

A DEVASTATED widow is broken hearted after thieves stole a wishing well from her garden.

Dot Palmer said she broke down in tears when she realised that the four foot high concrete well was missing.

Her four children had bought her the well more than 10 years ago as a present and her Ipswich garden is her pride and joy.

Now, all that remains in the small front garden in Foxhall Road are some iron ornaments and a ring of soil where the well used to stand.

Mrs Palmer's daughter Lauraine > Wallis who lives close to her mother in Melville Road said her mother was extremely upset at the theft of the well and rang her in tears when she first found out this morning.

Mrs Wallis, 43, said: "I just want the heartless thieves to return the well.

"She (my mother) is broken hearted and I am trying to find out at the moment where I can get another one made as we had this one made for her."

She said the well was of sentimental value more than anything for her mother because the family had bought it for her.

Mrs Palmer was widowed suddenly just before Christmas last year when her beloved husband Ron collapsed and died at work.

Mrs Wallis said: "When you are so upset like that, things like this always seem so much worse.

"My dad always told her that someone would steal it."

The wishing well was so heavy that Mrs Wallis said it would have taken two people to lift it and they would have needed a van to take it away in.

Although they took the well, the thieves left behind the large Begonia plant that was housed in it.

Mrs Palmer is desperately hoping that they might somehow get the wishing well back.

She said: "I think the people who stole it are rats.

"The well is very important to me and means the world to me.

"I am a very sentimental person and have things here that my children bought me when they were children."

Both women realise that they are unlikely to get the well back but Mrs Wallis is now appealing to people to get in touch if they know where she might get another one made.

She said: "I got that one made at Milton Street Nursery but they don't exist anymore.

"I have spoken to the person who made it but he no longer has the mould for it."

Anyone who knows where another well can be made can phone Jessica Nicholls at the Evening Star on 01473 282292.

Any information on the theft of the well should be given to Suffolk Police on 01473 613500.

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