Daughter devastated at loss of photographs of beloved dad in Sheffield

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A woman who nursed her dying dad in the last two years of his life has been left devastated by the theft of her iPad, iPod and phone – containing photos of him, text messages from him and their favourite music.

Madeline Dunn, aged 29, was visiting her boyfriend in Sheffield and had left her suitcase in his car for just 40 minutes when it was stolen.

The Vauxhall Zafira was parked on Mowbray Street at Kelham Island while the couple went for a drink at The Riverside pub – but when they returned a window had been smashed and her case had been snatched from the rear footwell.

Her iPad, iPod and phone, all containing irreplaceable photos, texts and a compilation of specially selected songs by her dad Richard Dunn, who died aged 69 of a brain tumour, were in the case.

Jewellery he had given her was also taken, along with her passport.

Madeline, of London, who had worked in advertising, was due to fly to Ibiza the next day for a one week break to try to come to terms with the loss of her father.

Her mum Heather, 67, said: “To say she is absolutely devastated at the loss of the photographs, texts and music is an understatement – she has fallen apart.

“Madeline and her sister both gave up their jobs to care for their dad when he was terminally ill. They wanted to help look after him at home.

“They were very close and the photographs Madeline has on her iPad and the texts from him she kept on her phone are irreplaceable – everything she has lost has huge sentimental value.

“I don’t want revenge, just to ease my daughter’s pain, so if anyone knows where the items are please come forward.”

She said Madeline and her partner had trawled the streets and pawn shops looking for the stolen suitcase and valuables. The iPad is white in a blue case. The iPod is silver, and the phone is a Samsung Galaxy S111 Mini.

n Call PC Martin Holt at Snig Hill police station on 101.