A WORKINGTON woman has issued an emotional appeal after her house was burgled and items of sentimental value were stolen.

Jenny Kurzyk's house at Banklands was broken into on Sunday night while her and her family were in bed.

Now Jenny is asking people to check their bins and their properties to see if a lockable box has been discarded.

Jenny said: "They took general gadgets, whatever they could grab quickly. But they also grabbed two boxes which I keep locked at all times."

One of the boxes, a purple one, is the one Jenny is desperate to see returned.

It contained memories such as her daughter's school reports, mementos and letters of sentimental value. She said: "Those cannot be rewritten.

"Police said that whoever took the boxes thought there must have been cash or jewellery in them as they were locked, so they've likely not even looked at the papers that are in them and they will have just been dumped somewhere."

She is urging people to keep an eye out for the box and return it to her.

Jenny added the police were brilliant in dealing with the burglary.

She said: "They came straight away after I called them and they came back twice to take finger prints."

Jenny posted her plea on Facebook but so far the box hasn't been found.

She said: "I've had lots of well wishes, but no sign of the box yet. I hope someone finds it."

Police confirmed they were investigating the burglary, where a red HP laptop was taken along with a grey leather handbag containing a black Motorola G6 mobile telephone.

A police spokesman said: "Personal documentation was also taken which was in two locked metal box files one black and one purple in colour.

"Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC 1417 Vanessa Busby on 101, email 101@cumbria.police.uk, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."