A HEARTBROKEN family has made a desperate plea to burglars who raided their home and stole precious videos of their children growing up.
Richard and Sarah May were returning from a trip to their four youngsters' grandparents' home last Sunday evening when they found their house on Wychwood Avenue had been ransacked.
Countless valuable items including ipods and jewellery had been taken but it wasn't until they realised the videos had gone that the pain really kicked in.
Now the family are offering a reward for the safe return of the tapes.
"It's absolutely heartbreaking," said Sarah after intruders broke into a metal safe and stole a locked fire-proof case containing the videos.
"We just want them back. Those thieves have taken away our precious memories which we can never, ever replace."
Burglars ransacked the kitchen after breaking in through the back door. Police believe they were looking for the keys to a car on the drive.
After having no luck downstairs they broke into the safe and fled with the locked box as well as other valuables.
Around 30 tapes and MiniDVs containing childhood memories from Hattie, 11, Olivia, nine, and six-year-old George's life were taken.
They included footage from 1997-2004 and featured clips ranging from when they were first born to meeting their grandparents for the first time.
Richard said he had been meaning to back-up the videos onto CDs to use on the computer but feels it could now be too late.
"We're heartbroken that we have lost seven years memories of our children growing up."
The couple are offering a reward to anyone who can return the videos to their home.
If you find them please contact the newsdesk on 0121 711 5731.