Thieves take 50-year-old engagement ring

Chorley Resident Maureen Shaw who's beeing having trouble with a hotel in Blackpool.

Chorley Resident Maureen Shaw who's beeing having trouble with a hotel in Blackpool.

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A Chorley woman has had her 50-year-old engagement ring stolen whilst on holiday in Blackpool.

Maureen Shaw had been on a crown green bowling break at The Savoy, on the Queen’s Promenade, when thieves broke into her room and stole a box of her favourite jewellery.

It contained her engagement ring, eternity ring and two other rings given to her by her husband Leonard for their ruby and pearl wedding anniversaries.

The 73-year-old, of Weldbank Lane, said she felt sick when she realised they were missing and has spoken out to warn other holidaymakers.

She added: “Both Leonard and I are keen crown green bowlers and we play in a number of teams in Chorley.

“We had gone away with a group of 50 or 60 others and we had been out playing for the day when the thieves must have broken in.

“I had kept the jewellery in a drawer as there was no safety deposit box and I don’t like to wear them when I’m playing.

“When I went to put them on I realised that they had gone and I felt sick to the stomach. The thieves had also taken our camera, but at least that can be replaced.

“The people who have done this must be the lowest of the low.”

Maureen said others in the group had also had money stolen from their rooms and they reported the break-ins to the police.

She added: “I can’t put a value on the rings. My engagement ring cost £30 more than 50 years ago and that was a lot of money in those days.

“It isn’t about the value either. Those rings can never be replaced as it’s their sentimental value which is important.

“We told the staff at the hotel and I have written to Britannia Hotels, who own The Savoy, to complain.

“They sent me a letter back that was addressed to me, but was in regards to another couple’s concerns about a different hotel, I couldn’t believe it really.

“All I wanted is some assurance that they would look into the security at the hotel so it wouldn’t be able to happen again.

“The holiday turned out to be a nightmare, but I’m not looking for compensation just a bit of compassion.”

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “Mrs Shaw reported the thefts to us on May 11 2011 and she reported a number of items stolen, including an engagement ring, an eternity ring, two further gold rings, three necklaces, some earrings and a camera.

“We are investigating.”

Despite numerous efforts to contact Britannia Hotels there was no-one available to comment.