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Bereaved mum reunited with stolen locket a decade on

Police in Newry have returned a locket containing a lock of hair belonging to the baby son of a Limavady woman, a decade after it was stolen in a burglary.

The piece of jewellery was taken along with three other pieces during a burglary at a home in Limavady in 2009.  The locket was of precious sentimental value to the owner as it held a lock of hair from her son Lee, who sadly passed away as a baby over thirty years ago.

Police carrying out a bail check on a man in Newry last month, discovered the locket in a gardening glove which the man dropped as he ran off to evade officers. Unbelievably, baby Lee’s hair was still inside the locket.

When PSNI Newry and Mourne shared a picture of the recovered jewellery items along with  on their social media page, the bereaved mum’s daughter spotted her mother’s locket in the picture and contacted police, who were delighted to return the precious keepsake to its grateful owner – arriving at the woman’s door in Limavady to personally return the locket to her.

Speaking to the BBC about the find, the Limavady woman, who doesn’t want to be named, said she had given up hope of getting her jewellery back.

She said she was left heartbroken when she realised the locket had been taken in the burglary.

“That’s my connection to Lee. He was a premature baby,” she explained.

“It’s unbelievable what that tiny lock of hair inside means to me. I cannot believe it’s been found.”

The woman said she had prayed every year on her late son’s birthday for the last 10 years that she would be reunited with the locket. 

“When you lose someone you try and hold on to everything you have. What would anybody want with that locket?

Thanking Newry police she said it was “a miracle” the jewellery was found,

“I have those police in Newry to thank. They were so good. People should never give up hope.”