Thieves steal laptop with precious photos of little girl who died of cancer

Thieves steal laptop with precious photos of little girl who died of cancer

Tragic tot Jessica Green, aged six, who died of a brain tumour in April after a three-year battle

Jessica Green with baby sister Abigail

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , health reporter

A LAPTOP containing hundreds of “irreplaceable photographs” of a little girl who died of cancer was taken during a burglary of her grandmother’s home.

Bernice Green was horrified when she realised an opportunist thief had stolen the laptop from her front living room as she lay in bed upstairs on Wednesday morning.

Mrs Green — who lost her granddaughter Jessica Green, aged six, to an aggressive brain tumour in April — is now appealing for the laptop to be returned.

The 54-year-old said: “I am absolutely distraught.

“That laptop contained six years worth of memories from holidays, birthdays and days out we’d had with Jessica.

“I know other people in the family have lots of photographs of her but these were different.

“They were ones of me and Jessica together — ones that can’t be replaced.

“When we realised it had been stolen, it felt like losing her all over again. The whole family is devastated by the whole thing.”

The burglar struck between 7am and 8am on Wednesday when her partner took their dog for its morning walk.

The front door of their house in Holly Street, Astley Bridge, was unlocked at the time and there were no signs of a break-in, say police.

When Mrs Green came downstairs, she realised the black Dell Inspire had gone.

“They must have seen my partner going out and spotted the laptop,” added Mrs Green. “I just want them to return it so I have the photos back. Even if they leave it on the doorstep, just please return it.

“I’d give anything to have it back because what’s on there can never be replaced.”

Brave Jessica was diagnosed with a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma — an aggressive brain tumour — in March, 2011, aged just three.

Doctors told Jessica’s parents, Carl Green and Lisa McLoughlin, that they would not be able to operate on the tumour and gave the youngster just nine months to live.

Yet she went on to defy the odds and fight the terminal cancer for three years.

She started as a pupil at Mytham Primary School and was able to meet her baby sister Abigail.

It was not until November last year Jessica’s condition deteriorated and doctors confirmed the cancer had come back. She died surrounded by her family at Derian House Children’s Hospice, Chorley, on April 1.

Police have carried out door-to-door inquiries and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

A police spokesman said: “We are investigating this burglary.

“Anyone who is offered a laptop fitting this description at a discount price or saw anyone acting suspiciously near the address around the time of the burglary is urged to the police.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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7:05am Sun 1 Jun 14

hoboh2o says...

I do not mean this post to cause any offence but surely this must bring home the stupidity of not holding backups of pictures/documents held on Pc's.
Your laptop does not have to be stolen for these things to become inaccessable, it could merely break down and data recovery costs.
I urge anyone to back things up and be careful what personal data you leave on your Pc, sometimes there's way too much if it gets stolen, same with phones and i-pads etc.
I do not mean this post to cause any offence but surely this must bring home the stupidity of not holding backups of pictures/documents held on Pc's. Your laptop does not have to be stolen for these things to become inaccessable, it could merely break down and data recovery costs. I urge anyone to back things up and be careful what personal data you leave on your Pc, sometimes there's way too much if it gets stolen, same with phones and i-pads etc. hoboh2o
  • Score: 19

8:29am Sun 1 Jun 14

melloj says...

Yup, stupidity indeed. If you haven't got it back up, then you don't have it. I have 3 of everthing on different hardrives. The only real safe way is online cloud storage.
Yup, stupidity indeed. If you haven't got it back up, then you don't have it. I have 3 of everthing on different hardrives. The only real safe way is online cloud storage. melloj
  • Score: -23

9:04am Sun 1 Jun 14

oftbewildered2 says...

some photographs are so precious ..... and indeed backup is the only way. If you don't know how to do this (and yes, there are some people who don't) - then please ask more computer savvy friends/family and DO IT NOW. It would be nice to think that these photos will be recovered, but unless the thief has a change of heart, I don't hold out much hope.
some photographs are so precious ..... and indeed backup is the only way. If you don't know how to do this (and yes, there are some people who don't) - then please ask more computer savvy friends/family and DO IT NOW. It would be nice to think that these photos will be recovered, but unless the thief has a change of heart, I don't hold out much hope. oftbewildered2
  • Score: 12

9:09am Sun 1 Jun 14

JustBecause says...

melloj wrote:
Yup, stupidity indeed. If you haven't got it back up, then you don't have it. I have 3 of everthing on different hardrives. The only real safe way is online cloud storage.
Wow aren't you the clever one, not everyone has your huge massive brain.....

Some people are not that great with technology, hardly makes them stupid, just misinformed.
[quote][p][bold]melloj[/bold] wrote: Yup, stupidity indeed. If you haven't got it back up, then you don't have it. I have 3 of everthing on different hardrives. The only real safe way is online cloud storage.[/p][/quote]Wow aren't you the clever one, not everyone has your huge massive brain..... Some people are not that great with technology, hardly makes them stupid, just misinformed. JustBecause
  • Score: 23

9:16am Sun 1 Jun 14

lancashiregirl says...

THEY ARE SCUM, HOPE THEY ROT
THEY ARE SCUM, HOPE THEY ROT lancashiregirl
  • Score: 17

10:24am Sun 1 Jun 14

questionairre says...

Hand it back if you have any degree of compassion' if not, I hope you get what you deserve.
Hand it back if you have any degree of compassion' if not, I hope you get what you deserve. questionairre
  • Score: 19

2:27pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Lancashire always says...

hoboh2o wrote:
I do not mean this post to cause any offence but surely this must bring home the stupidity of not holding backups of pictures/documents held on Pc's.
Your laptop does not have to be stolen for these things to become inaccessable, it could merely break down and data recovery costs.
I urge anyone to back things up and be careful what personal data you leave on your Pc, sometimes there's way too much if it gets stolen, same with phones and i-pads etc.
Sadly to my cost I hear you.
[quote][p][bold]hoboh2o[/bold] wrote: I do not mean this post to cause any offence but surely this must bring home the stupidity of not holding backups of pictures/documents held on Pc's. Your laptop does not have to be stolen for these things to become inaccessable, it could merely break down and data recovery costs. I urge anyone to back things up and be careful what personal data you leave on your Pc, sometimes there's way too much if it gets stolen, same with phones and i-pads etc.[/p][/quote]Sadly to my cost I hear you. Lancashire always
  • Score: 6

2:58pm Sun 1 Jun 14

calleywoo says...

melloj wrote:
Yup, stupidity indeed. If you haven't got it back up, then you don't have it. I have 3 of everthing on different hardrives. The only real safe way is online cloud storage.
I'm sure the lovely lady in question is well aware of backing up her precious pictures NOW but I don't think there is any need for you to be so rude. All she is asking for is help in getting the mindless morons to return it. Perhaps they could back everything onto a memory stick and give that back if they are so desperate for the money to get their next fix. I'll willingly provide them with one if they need one. Come on some one have a heart. You never know when you may need a good turn
[quote][p][bold]melloj[/bold] wrote: Yup, stupidity indeed. If you haven't got it back up, then you don't have it. I have 3 of everthing on different hardrives. The only real safe way is online cloud storage.[/p][/quote]I'm sure the lovely lady in question is well aware of backing up her precious pictures NOW but I don't think there is any need for you to be so rude. All she is asking for is help in getting the mindless morons to return it. Perhaps they could back everything onto a memory stick and give that back if they are so desperate for the money to get their next fix. I'll willingly provide them with one if they need one. Come on some one have a heart. You never know when you may need a good turn calleywoo
  • Score: 10

4:52pm Sun 1 Jun 14

fisherman1959 says...

I hope the person is feeling so bad that they at least make a CD or DVD of all the photo's and sends it to the BEN. I went to Asda on the morning of our daughters birth and got some photo's done but later that dayIi could not find the SD card and as far as we were concerned I had lost it then about 6 months later my wife put my jeans through the washer/dryer with my wallet in and when she looked in my wallet the SD card was in a small pocket in the wallet but we lost all the photo's they could not be recovered. I feel so sad for Bernice it is terrible and I just hope you get your laptop back or even a copy of all your photo's.
I hope the person is feeling so bad that they at least make a CD or DVD of all the photo's and sends it to the BEN. I went to Asda on the morning of our daughters birth and got some photo's done but later that dayIi could not find the SD card and as far as we were concerned I had lost it then about 6 months later my wife put my jeans through the washer/dryer with my wallet in and when she looked in my wallet the SD card was in a small pocket in the wallet but we lost all the photo's they could not be recovered. I feel so sad for Bernice it is terrible and I just hope you get your laptop back or even a copy of all your photo's. fisherman1959
  • Score: 7

5:36pm Sun 1 Jun 14

chantheman says...

melloj wrote:
Yup, stupidity indeed. If you haven't got it back up, then you don't have it. I have 3 of everthing on different hardrives. The only real safe way is online cloud storage.
Don't you think that the family is upset enough without people like you calling them stupid!
Has it not occurred to you that just maybe in this day and age some folk do not know the technology to back up on hard drives and "online cloud storage" as you are so obviously a genius.
Well when something devastating happens to you, I hope you will understand when people call you stupid.
[quote][p][bold]melloj[/bold] wrote: Yup, stupidity indeed. If you haven't got it back up, then you don't have it. I have 3 of everthing on different hardrives. The only real safe way is online cloud storage.[/p][/quote]Don't you think that the family is upset enough without people like you calling them stupid! Has it not occurred to you that just maybe in this day and age some folk do not know the technology to back up on hard drives and "online cloud storage" as you are so obviously a genius. Well when something devastating happens to you, I hope you will understand when people call you stupid. chantheman
  • Score: 11

5:45pm Sun 1 Jun 14

martel says...

I have known Bernice for many years and she is far from stupid, not everyone thinks of backing up data (me included) , it was probably the last thing on her mind when she was making the most of every precious moment with her beautiful granddaughter and also emotionally supporting her son and daughter-in-law, if you can't say anything constructive then button it, don't you think she has gone through enough......
I have known Bernice for many years and she is far from stupid, not everyone thinks of backing up data (me included) , it was probably the last thing on her mind when she was making the most of every precious moment with her beautiful granddaughter and also emotionally supporting her son and daughter-in-law, if you can't say anything constructive then button it, don't you think she has gone through enough...... martel
  • Score: 16

6:55pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Bolton First says...

This is no place for smart Alec comments, it is sad.
Under Sharia the thieves should have their hands cut off!
This is no place for smart Alec comments, it is sad. Under Sharia the thieves should have their hands cut off! Bolton First
  • Score: 2

9:41pm Sun 1 Jun 14

clairehowe85 says...

well said martel
well said martel clairehowe85
  • Score: 3

11:04pm Sun 1 Jun 14

crazyoldme says...

You hear about these kinds of thefts happening all the time, so people should be more aware about the risks of not backing up important files on their computer.

Anything can happen to your computer (Theft, Virus, Malfunction) so make sure you take the time to back up your files, or upload them to a site like:
Flickr, Photobucket, Snapfish, Facebook, Shutterfly, to name a few.
You hear about these kinds of thefts happening all the time, so people should be more aware about the risks of not backing up important files on their computer. Anything can happen to your computer (Theft, Virus, Malfunction) so make sure you take the time to back up your files, or upload them to a site like: Flickr, Photobucket, Snapfish, Facebook, Shutterfly, to name a few. crazyoldme
  • Score: 3

9:28am Mon 2 Jun 14

elaine s says...

Another house in thorns road had also left front door open Wednesday they stole tv found car keys and took car, Please inform everybody to lock doors even if just in garden or upstairs.
Another house in thorns road had also left front door open Wednesday they stole tv found car keys and took car, Please inform everybody to lock doors even if just in garden or upstairs. elaine s
  • Score: 0

5:31pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Boltonio says...

This family have been through more than you could imagine. I am sure that whilst grieving for their little Jessica the last thing on their minds would be to back up photos. Just to get through every day life is hard enough. So whilst you can all call the family find a space in those tiny hearts if yours to imagine for 1 second what this family are going through.

IGNORANT AND STUPID ARE THE HEARTLESS PEOPLE WHO ARE QUICK TO CALL WITHOUT A THOUGHT FOR THIS FAMILY. I
HOPE NONE OF YOU EXPERIENCE WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN THROUGH
This family have been through more than you could imagine. I am sure that whilst grieving for their little Jessica the last thing on their minds would be to back up photos. Just to get through every day life is hard enough. So whilst you can all call the family find a space in those tiny hearts if yours to imagine for 1 second what this family are going through. IGNORANT AND STUPID ARE THE HEARTLESS PEOPLE WHO ARE QUICK TO CALL WITHOUT A THOUGHT FOR THIS FAMILY. I HOPE NONE OF YOU EXPERIENCE WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN THROUGH Boltonio
  • Score: 1

10:28pm Mon 2 Jun 14

MarkAllRead says...

martel wrote:
I have known Bernice for many years and she is far from stupid, not everyone thinks of backing up data (me included) , it was probably the last thing on her mind when she was making the most of every precious moment with her beautiful granddaughter and also emotionally supporting her son and daughter-in-law, if you can't say anything constructive then button it, don't you think she has gone through enough......
Suggesting that people learn from this *is* quite constructive. However, I'm really not sure why people don't consider backing up photos that are stored only on their very mobile and therefore very stealable devices.
[quote][p][bold]martel[/bold] wrote: I have known Bernice for many years and she is far from stupid, not everyone thinks of backing up data (me included) , it was probably the last thing on her mind when she was making the most of every precious moment with her beautiful granddaughter and also emotionally supporting her son and daughter-in-law, if you can't say anything constructive then button it, don't you think she has gone through enough......[/p][/quote]Suggesting that people learn from this *is* quite constructive. However, I'm really not sure why people don't consider backing up photos that are stored only on their very mobile and therefore very stealable devices. MarkAllRead
  • Score: 0

9:10am Tue 3 Jun 14

forgetmenott says...

Thank you for your support apart from the obvious ones
Thank you for your support apart from the obvious ones forgetmenott
  • Score: 2

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