Thu, 15 Sept 2016
A NEWBURY woman says she is devastated after her wedding and engagement rings were stolen from her hand when she collapsed on the floor during a seizure.
Emma Skinner said she has been left with a bruised and cut hand after someone seemingly wrestled the rings from her fingers while she lay unconscious outside the town’s post office in the early hours of Saturday morning.
The mum-of-three had been enjoying a night out with a friend when she collapsed and started having a non-epileptic seizure, something she has suffered from in the past.
“I had collapsed and two people were helping us, but then I started having a seizure and about 10 or 12 people started gathering around us.
“I don’t remember anything else and it was only when I woke up the next day that I noticed I didn’t have my rings on my finger,” she explained.
“I have a bruised hand and cut on my finger so I could tell they had been forcibly removed. I just can’t believe that someone could do that when I was in a time of need. I needed help and I can’t believe that someone would be that cold-hearted.”
After calling the police, Mrs Skinner took to social media to see if anyone could help.
Her heart-wrenching post has now been shared more than 2,600 times and she said she has been overwhelmed by the response.
“People have been so supportive, I can’t thank them enough,” she added. “It isn’t the cost of the ring that is important; it’s the sentimental value.”
Since her posts on Facebook, her engagement ring has now been returned by an anonymous person.
“Someone knocked on my door last night and had found my engagement ring in the Newbury area,” she said.
Anyone with information about the missing wedding ring is asked to contact Thames Valley Police, or to call Mrs Skinner on 07908 401997.