A bride has launched a desperate appeal for the return of her wedding dress after cruel thieves broke into her house while she was helping arrange her grandmother’s funeral.
Newlywed Anya Forward has been left devastated after her home was burgled and the beautiful dress taken, which she wore for her wedding just four weeks ago.
The Marilyne wedding dress, which cost £2,500 from Halfpenny London, was in a black canvas tote bag ready to go to the dry-cleaner when the burglars broke in.
Anya, 31, and husband Arran, who live in West Norwood, south London, had their house burgled on June 29
Anya, who works in healthcare PR, said: ‘I absolutely loved my dress and I knew from the moment I tried it on that that was the dress I’d wear.
‘I’m devastated as it is such a strong reminder of our wedding day. I also always think back to when my sister and I were little and we would try on our mum’s wedding dress.
‘I’m very sentimental and I guess I was hoping one day I may be able to do the same with my dress.’
The dress is white, satin underneath with a French overlay and capped sleeves.
Anya was at her parents’ home when the break-in took place, arranging the funeral for her grandmother, who had died the previous week.
She says Arran, 30, did not tell her what had been taken until he got home from his job as a solicitor and inspected the damage.
She added: ‘They got in through a communal door and kicked a hole through our flat door, it was completely damaged.
‘Arran didn’t tell me what had happened until he came back and saw what they’d taken, and I found out later that evening.
‘I went through a list of the most important items to see if they were still there, and I just didn’t expect for them to take my dress.
‘My grandmother had been ill and because of everything else that was happening, I hadn’t had time to take it to the dry cleaner’s.
‘I found out the bag was gone and didn’t know why they’d want the dress, but I think they’d just taken the bag and put the other stuff in it which they took.
‘They stole laptops, a camera, the watch I got my husband on our wedding day and a watch his grandfather had given him