Burglars saw their way through timber window of historic home outside of Wisbech for electronics haul - and irreplaceable family photos

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Elm break in - Credit: Archant

A woman has released photos of some of the damage done to her family’s historic £600,000 West Norfolk home after they sawed through timber on a 16th century window to gain access.

Elm break in

Elm break in - Credit: Archant

Family photos dating back 12 years – including her wedding photos and those of the birth of her daughter- were also stolen.

Alison Wring said that computers were among items stolen from her home in Meadowgate Lane, Elm, sometime between 12.30am and 5.45am on Tuesday.

“We’ve been burgled,” she wrote on a Wisbech forum on Facebook. “If anyone is aware of two MacBook Pros and large monitors that are trying to be sold, call the police.”

She said the intruders “actually sawed through the timber on the window. The window in its own right is listed and goes back to 16th century so is irreplaceable.”

Elm break in

Elm break in - Credit: Archant


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Norfolk Police confirmed that two Apple laptops, two Apple desktop screens, three computer drives, an Apple iPod, a Nokia mobile phone and a jar containing coins were stolen during the raid.

“We are appealing for more information,” said a spokesman.

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Contact PC Lisa Read at King’s Lynn Police Station on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Mrs Wring said she was grateful of everyone who had promised to “keep their eyes peeled for dodgy desktop, Mac, a MacBook Pro, two large retina screen monitors, a Nokia 830 phone, a smaller monitor, a printer, a TV and an Apple TV box.

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Elm break in - Credit: Archant

“That’s about what we can establish so far,” she said.

“It seemed a planned grab of the things easily of use and easy to flog.”

She added that she had also lost 12 years worth of photo memories “from our wedding to Emily being born, other family occasions, friends and magic moments we won’t replace.

“Those were the most precious things we have lost. I wonder if a blind eye will be made to the measures we are now going to take to secure our home.”

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