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An elderly woman returned home following the death of her husband to find she had been burgled.

Among the items stolen were jewellery from her late husband, ruby rings which belonged to her late grandmother, a military medal and brooches belonging to her late father and grandfather and a digital camera which had her late husband’s final photographs taken on it.

Detectives are carrying out a full investigation into the incident, which happened in Spencefield Lane, Leicester, on Wednesday 7 November, and are urging anyone with any information to contact police.

The victim, who is in her 80s, had visited her husband in hospital on the day of the incident, where he sadly died.

Distraught, she had returned back to her home in Spencefield Lane later that evening to find her property had been broken into with the whole house being searched and the items taken.

The victim, who does not wish to be named, was not injured in the incident which is believed to have happened sometime between 10am and 10.50pm on that day.

The rings which were taken are both ruby rings. One of the rings has five stones in a rectangular cut with a gold band. The other ring has one large stone in a rectangular cut with pearls around the ring and a gold band.

A medal which was stolen, that had been awarded to the victim’s late father during his time serving in the Royal Navy, was inscribed with the name W.J.White and her late grandfather's army brooches were from the Gloucestershire Regiment.

Detective Constable Steve Wallage said: “These items are of huge sentimental value to the victim who is already going through an extremely traumatic time. She is devastated at what has happened and at what has been taken from her home.

“We urge anyone who has any information at all to contact us. Were you in the area at the time and did you see or hear anything which caused you concern? Do you have any CCTV or dashcam footage from the area which could hold some vital information? Have you seen or been offered any of the items described above?

“If you have any information at all which you think could help us in this investigation, then please get in touch.”

Anyone with any information should contact 101 quoting incident 18000538332.

Today marks the start of anti-bullying week, a national campaign aimed at reducing bullying amongst children both in person and online.

This years’ theme is choosing respect over bullying and the aim of the week is to teach children and those who work with them: the definition of respect, that bullying is a behaviour choice and that we can respectfully disagree with each other.

In support of the week long campaign, Leicestershire Police is delivering talks at five schools and sharing a range of information and statistics via their social media channels.

Katie Hudson, Children and Young Persons Officer at Leicestershire Police, said: “it is so important that we support anti-bullying week. If we can teach children about respecting one another and instil good values from a young age, it will hopefully stand them in good stead in their future years.

“The week is a fantastic opportunity to re-inforce positive messages about respecting each other and other traditional messages. In addition to this though, on Thursday 15 November and Friday 16 November we will share a number of messages around cyber bullying, messages that we will continue to re-enforce outside of anti-bullying week.”

A survey by Ditch the label asking over 9,000 children why they believed they were bullied showed that 57% of them felt that it was because of their appearance. By choosing the theme, respect, it is hoped the barriers causing such a large percentage of children to feel as though they are being bullied simply because the way they appear, will be broken down.

Martha Evans, National Coordinator of the Anti-Bullying Alliance, said: “the feedback from children and teachers on the theme has been really encouraging and we are excited to announce the plans for this year’s campaign. They want to send the message loud and clear that bullying is a behaviour choice, and by choosing respect for others, even when we disagree with them, can create a positive atmosphere where we can all grow, play and learn.”