Christmas wreath with ‘sentimental’ value is stolen from North Wootton home
A Christmas wreath has been stolen having been created by a woman who died of pancreatic cancer four years ago.
Elizabeth Kendall, who often made decorations for All Saints Church in North Wootton, had designed the wreath as a contribution to the community.
However, her daughter Naomi said the handmade wreath had been stolen from the family’s front door sometime between Tuesday and Thursday last week.
The wreath had been decorated with acorns, tinsel, sprigs of berries, bells and 50 battery lights.
Naomi said the wreath had “sentimental purposes” and was put up each year to pay tribute to her mother.
She said: “This year many neighbours rang to tell us how beautiful it was and that they were looking at it every day.
“We believe that Jesus is the Light of the World and we wanted it to shine brightly as a symbol of hope in this dark world
“Having had a serious accident in April and reconstructive surgery to my leg in October, putting up my Mum’s Christmas wreath filled me with cheer after what has been a year of pain.
“To whoever stole my Mum’s wreath please return it so our community can enjoy the special contribution she made to make our world a better place.
“It reflects her beauty, light and love for others.”
Elizabeth was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on New Year’s Eve in 2015 and died the following February.
Her daughter said she had become very ill at home during the Christmas period that year.
Elizabeth was described as someone who was well known locally and who worked “tirelessly for the community in the Woottons”.
She was married to her husband for 57 years, who was left “very upset” by the theft according to Naomi.
He found out the wreath had gone when being asked to change the batteries.
A spokeswoman for Norfolk Police said the investigation into the crime has been “exhausted”.
She said: “We received a report of an incident of theft at a property in North Wootton between 12pm on Tuesday, December 17 and 2pm on Thursday, December 19.
“Following an investigation into the circumstances of the incident, it was established that all lines of enquiry were exhausted.
“This includes forensics, CCTV, witnesses. Should further information come forward, this will be reviewed.”
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