A woman has been left heartbroken after thieves stole an antique vase containing her mother’s ashes.
Burglars broke into Rebecca Johnson’s house in Woodlands Road, Raydon, near Hadleigh, on Thursday afternoon.
As well as stealing thousands of pounds of jewellery, the burglars also escaped with a shotgun, ammunition and a distinctive antique vase, which held the ashes of Mrs Johnson’s mother, Julia Woodford.
“I do not think they will have realised what they have taken,” said Mrs Johnson, 39.
“The vase was one of a pair which my mother bought before she died and she wanted me to keep them safe.
“I just hope whoever did this has got a conscience.”
A Rolex watch thought to worth £5,000, a diamond ring and gold rose ring, which were passed down to Mrs Johnson from her mum, were also stolen.
The burglars ripped a gun cabinet from a wall in the kitchen during the break-in, which took place between 2.30pm and 4.45pm.
“I am in shock and am still distraught about what has happened,” said Mrs Johnson.
“I don’t know what to do and I’m trying to carry on as best I can.
“They took so many memorable items and they are things that I could never get back again.”
Mrs Johnson said that her mother had died at the age of 67 in April 2004.
She is appealing for anyone who may have come across the stolen items or seen the vase to contact police.
“They are the most precious things to me and they cannot be replaced,” she said.
“My mum and I were very close and I promised her we would be together.”
Anyone with information should contact Suffolk Police by calling 101.