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Appeal for stolen phone return
1:12pm Friday 18th October 2013 in News
THE FAMILY of a Colchester teenager who died of an asthma attack are appealing for thieves to return a phone with her pictures on.
Emily Smith, 11, had her phone taken while she was at school.
The youngster came home in tears after realising the mobile had pictures of her cousin Shannon Smith.
Shannon, 15, died in March after an asthma attack.
Emily’s mum Carly Cox said she was desperate to get them back.
She said: “I have locked the phone so it can’t be used so it is useless to anyone who took it.
“Emily and Shannon were very close. They were more like sisters than cousins.
“It has been a horrible year for Emily and now this has happened.
“She came home crying her eyes out when she realised it had gone.
“There were so many photos on there.
“Even if the phone is left somewhere for someone to find or if they could hand it into the police station anonymously we would appreciate it.
“Emily can’t replace those photos.”
It is believed the phone was taken out of Emily’s bag.
A spokesman for Essex Police said: “Police are investigating following the alleged theft of a mobile phone from a pupil at St Helena School in Colchester.
“It is believed the Blackberry pre-pay phone went missing sometime during the afternoon of Tuesday October 15.”
Anyone with information call Essex Police on 101.
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