Burglars take engagement ring belonging to late wife of BBC’s Robert Peston

15:31 20 December 2012

Muswell Hill resident Robert Peston hopes someone will return his late wife

Muswell Hill resident Robert Peston hopes someone will return his late wife's jewellery. Picture: BBC

Archant

BBC business editor Robert Peston has made a desperate plea for the return of his late wife’s engagement ring after burglars stole it from his Muswell Hill home.

Mr Peston returned home at about 11pm yesterday to discover the back door smashed in and a number of items missing - including a laptop and desktop computer.

But Mr Peston says he doesn’t care about these things. What has upset him is the loss of wife Sian Busby’s jewellery, in particular a number of items of great sentimental value.

They include a 1920s platinum and diamond engagement ring - which “is not incredibly valuable” - and a simple band ring, both of which first belonged to his grandmother and were given to Mr Peston by his mother to give to Ms Busby, who lost her five-year fight against cancer in September.

There was also a cariad ring - or a Welsh love ring - which Mr Peston bought his wife, and a necklace which says ‘mum’ bought for Ms Busby by their youngest son.

“They were things she wore all the time,” he said. “I was going to give them to the boys as and when they get married.”

Mr Peston took to social media site Twitter this morning to appeal for their safe return.

“The reason I tweeted it is because I suddenly thought there is a very little chance, but maybe. Maybe some shopkeeper with a conscience will see it, or it might spark something in the burglars. I do not care about the rest of it [just the jewellery].”

A police spokesman confirmed they were investigating a burglary at a house in Muswell Hill which took place sometime between 2pm and 11pm on Wednesday, December 19.

Anyone with information is asked to call Det Sgt Gordon McKay of Haringey CID on 020 8345 0866 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Crime news

Friday, May 22, 2015
The woman was dragged through the gates of Brockwell Park in Brixton and raped

A 41-year-old woman was dragged into Brockwell Park in Herne Hill, near Brixton, before being raped by two men.

Friday, May 22, 2015
Three people were injured in the violent burglary

Three people were viciously attacked by a trio of burglars wielding hammers, knives and crowbars at the General Elliott pub in St John’s Road, Uxbridge.

Thursday, May 21, 2015
A man and a woman were assaulted at this quiet train station in Enfield [Photograph from Google StreetView]

Two men have been arrested after a young couple were pushed onto the train tracks at Turkey Street station on Thursday April 2.

Thursday, May 21, 2015
The man was attacked as he waited for the Tube at West Ham station [Photograph by Chris McKenna]

A man was injured in an unprovoked attack with a makeshift knuckleduster at West Ham Tube station, and British Transport Police (BTP) are appealing for witnesses.

Thursday, May 21, 2015
Chief Inspector Paul Cahill will appear in court

A top gay police officer who was awarded an MBE has been summonsed to court today on drugs charges.

Thursday, May 21, 2015
The thieves used a heavy duty drill to bore through the vault

Eight men will appear in court today charged in connection with the Hatton Garden jewellery heist.

Breaking News

Friday, May 22, 2015

There are severe delays on the Central Line after a woman was hit by a Tube train.

Read more

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

You could take in stunning views of London over brunch at the Sky Garden

Celebrate lighter, brighter days with the chance of winning an indulgent brunch for two with a bottle of bubbles at Darwin, the cool and casual brasserie 36 floors up at Sky Garden.

Read more