Widow speaks of heartache after home burgled as she buries her husband

Mrs Muriel Diffin holds a photo of herself and her late husband Espie. Mrs Diffin's home was robbed as she attended her husband's funeral on Monday 17 August
Mrs Muriel Diffin holds a photo of herself and her late husband Espie. Mrs Diffin's home was robbed as she attended her husband's funeral on Monday 17 August

An elderly woman has spoken of her heartache after her husband’s wedding ring was stolen from her home on the day she was laying him to rest.

PSNI Detectives in Lurgan are appealing for information after the break-in at a house in Monaghan Street, Milford on August 17.

A photograph of the late Espie Diffin from Milford, Co.Armagh

A photograph of the late Espie Diffin from Milford, Co.Armagh

A number of other items were stolen including a large amount of cash, a credit card, a cameo brooch, gold rings and pearls.

A men’s ‘Limit’ watch was also taken.

Muriel Diffin said she returned from her husband - Cyril ‘Espie’ Diffin’s - funeral at First Presbyterian Church, Armagh to find her home had been burgled.

She has now appealed for anyone with information about the incident to come forward.

Mrs Muriel Diffin

Mrs Muriel Diffin

Mrs Diffin said of everything that was taken “the most important thing was my husband’s ring, it was a gold ring with a red stone”.

She said they had been married 52 years.

Police are appealing for anyone who was in the area on August 17 and noticed any suspicious activity to contact detectives in Lurgan on the non-emergency number 101. Or if someone would like pass information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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