Tragic widow’s home is burgled

PUBLISHED: 14:59 13 November 2008 | UPDATED: 15:40 25 August 2010

A WIDOW is distraught after burglars stole a watch she gave her late husband as a Christmas present.

A WIDOW is distraught after burglars stole a watch she gave her late husband as a Christmas present.

Burglars broke into Susan Sauter's home in Orchard Road, Sidcup, between 4.45pm and 5.30pm last Saturday stealing the watch and some jewellery that her husband had given her.

Midwife Mrs Sauter, 60, returned home to find the front door barricaded with a table and muddy footprints throughout the ransacked home.

The thieves had made off with two gold earring and necklace sets and her mother's engagement ring that contained three diamonds.

ThE burglary comes just months after her husband Derek died after being admitted to Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup with a chest infection, as reported in the Times.

The nurse in charge of his care, Caroline Lowe, no longer works at the hospital following an internal investigation and is awaiting a hearing before the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Daughter Ruth Sauter, 39, said: "Obviously, there is never a good time to be burgled but it really adds insult to injury so soon after my dad's death.

"It has upset my mum a great deal, particularly because of the sentimental value of the items."

Anyone with information on the crime can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where the call will be treated anonymously.

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