Two wedding rings were stolen from the fingers of an elderly patient who died in an Essex hospital, police said.
The woman was 80 and was admitted to Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford on June 6.
She stayed in the Notley Ward, where her daughter saw that the rings were taped.
However, when hospital staff removed the tape, they found that the rings had been replaced with low value “tin” bands.
Essex Police said the woman died after nine days.
Her rings – a gold wedding ring and a ruby and diamond eternity ring – were not removed during her treatment, police added.
A police spokesperson said: “The rings had sentimental value and the family is understandably upset that this happened.
“The rings meant happier times in the lady’s life, but her family is now deprived of these precious memories.”
Anyone with information should call the police on 101 and quote the reference 42/112803/21.
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This notice was published: 2021-07-24 23:09:00