A DEVASTATED mother has begged thieves who stole a laptop containing irreplaceable photos of her poorly son to return the precious pictures.
Natalie Frame was horrified when she returned home to find the house she shares with her three-year-old son, Finley Brians, had been broken into.
But her shock turned to heartache when she discovered the burglars had taken her computer, which had pictures of Finley, who suffers from leukaemia. And she is now pleading with anyone who comes across the photos to give them back.
Natalie said: “They could have taken anything else and I wouldn’t have cared, but I just can’t replace those memories. I just want the pictures back.”
The mum-of-one discovered her home, in Crammond Way, Cramlington, had been raided when she returned home from spending the night at her mother’s house on Wednesday morning.
The raiders had climbed through Finley’s bedroom window and ransacked the house before fleeing with Natalie’s purse, Wii console, and the old laptop that had been in her bedside drawer.
“When I went into the sitting room, everything was trashed,” said Natalie. “I didn’t notice the laptop was missing straight away. I was busy looking to see if they had taken things like tellies.
“But then I checked in the bedroom and my laptop wasn’t there.
“I was gutted. There were loads of pictures of Finley on there and loads from when he was a baby that I don’t even have copies of.”
Finley was diagnosed with leukaemia in April after being taken to hospital with a bruise behind his ear which would not go away. He now undergoes weekly sessions of chemotherapy.
And Natalie, 25, said her son’s illness makes those early pictures of her little boy all the more precious.
“Finley is responding well to treatment, but it just seems like one bad thing is happening after another,” said Natalie. “With him being poorly his baby photos are all the more precious.”
Northumbria Police are now appealing for help to catch the burglars, who struck sometime between 7.30pm last Monday and 10.40am on Wednesday.
Det Cons Mark Donnelley, of Northumberland CID, said: “The laptop contains photographs of the victim’s son, and she’s desperate for it to be returned. The computer is a black Avast laptop, if anyone is offered a similar computer for sale, we’d urge them to contact us.”