A widow devastated by the theft of treasured jewellery which were gifts from her late husband and son has made a second emotional appeal for their return.

Jewellery belonging to Daphne Read, 71, was stolen during a burglary in Huntington Road on December 20. Mrs Read’s husband and son died, aged 73 and 49 in December 2010 and July 2011 respectively.

Her daughter, Jackie Houston, said: “Our family were devastated when my brother and dad died and mum took great comfort from the jewellery which kept her close to them. Now that has been cruelly taken away from her. “

Det Con Simon Fennell said: “The monetary gain for the thieves will be insignificant compared with the emotional loss to the victim.”

Anyone offered jewellery for sale, or who received it as a Christmas present is urged to contact the police or Crimestoppers immediately.

The jewellery includes a gold heart decorated with rubies, silver fish on a chain, a two-inch solid silver bar, opal earrings and an opal necklace, a large silver ring decorated with precious stones with matching necklace, gold chains, matching pearl necklace and earrings, a 50-year-old three-row pearl choker necklace gold dolphin bracelet with turquoise stones, and gold dolphin earrings.