A Wigan bride has launched an emotional public appeal to find the photographs of her and her husband’s big day after they were stolen.
Amy Sparks and her new spouse Jamie Harrison, from Springfield, returned from honeymoon in Mexico to be given the devastating news the photographer who captured them tying the knot had been a victim of crime.
An offender smashed the rear window of his car as it was parked at his Winstanley home around midnight on June 8 and took a haul from the boot including a high-tech camera, photography equipment and storage discs before making a getaway on a bicycle.
Sadly for Amy and Jamie that included all the official records of them getting married at St Matthew’s Church in Highfield and their reception in Up Holland on May 26.
Amy, 31, said the crime has had a devastating impact on the couple beginning their lives together but hopes the pictures’ return might make a dream birthday gift for her this weekend.
She said: “We’ve lost everything. Friends have taken some pictures and we’ve got ones of me and Jamie but we’ve none with our families or any of the group pictures.
“There are some which mean a lot, like me with my nan and Jamie with his brother. It’s just heartbreaking.
“It was absolutely horrendous hearing about it all being stolen. Jamie was just in tears. I was trying to be a bit more optimistic thinking we can get it sorted but Jamie was devastated.
“We’ve just not slept, it has been so emotional. To other people these discs are worthless but to us they are completely priceless.
“We found out on Thursday night. We thought we were going to get a glimpse of the wedding video and some of the photographs but instead he came round with the news everything had been taken.
“The wedding had gone to plan and we had such an amazing time on honeymoon.”
The equipment was in a white Skoda Superb parked at an address on Berkeley Avenue when the thief struck.
The offender, who was captured on CCTV, took a DSLR camera, a laptop, a number of lenses, 10 scan discs, portable hard drives, a procam and a blue camera bag.
Bank manager Amy and 32-year-old drainage engineer Jamie tied the knot after a long and winding relationship road even though they have known each other most of their lives
Amy said: “Our mums were best friends at college so we used to play together as babies. We then lost contact but over the years we’ve dated a few times.
"Jamie always said he would marry me and about two-and-a-half years ago I agreed and we got together.
“This is one reason we really want the video because in Jamie’s speech he tells the story in such an amusing way.”
Anyone with information should ring police on 101, quoting crime reference number 153580A/18, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.