Thieves stole from family days after sudden death of son Paul Driscoll
THIEVES targeted a grieving family as it came to terms with the sudden loss of a much-loved fund-raising son.
Susan Driscoll's son Paul, better known as Jakey, aged 39, collapsed in West Cross two weeks ago while training to take part in a 50-mile charity bike ride, to raise money for two-year-old Macsen Williams, from Gorseinon, who has cerebral palsy.
But sometime between his death and his funeral service last Wednesday, items of jewellery were taken from Susan's home in Ozanam Court, Portmead.
She said: "We only discovered they had gone missing on the morning of the funeral.
"My partner Paul and I were getting ready, when we realised that some jewellery had been taken.
"There was a gold bracelet left to him by his father, worth more than £1,000, which had been taken.
"And then we realised that four of Paul's rings had been taken, and two of mine."
A spokesman for South Wales Police added: "We are investigating the reported theft of gold jewellery from an address in the Portmead area of Swansea which happened sometime between 9am on Monday October 7, and 11am on Wednesday, October 16."
Meanwhile, his mum paid tribute to the family and friends who stepped in to take on the cycle challenge on Sunday, in memory of Jakey.
They included his teenage daughters Beth and Alex, partner Rachel Gadd, as well as his sister Tammy, and cousins Bernard and Martin Driscoll, and friend Lisa Hixson.
Susan said: "It was brilliant.
"I was really, really proud of everyone who took part.
"I was waiting for them at the finish line — I would have loved to have been able to do it with them.
I want to thank everyone who took part and came to pay their respects.
"I'm sure Jakey would have been very proud too."
Rachel added: "It was a very emotional time. I remember hitting the exhaustion barrier, and thinking I can't go any further.
''But I thought about Jakey. It was bitter sweet obviously, but I think he would have been laughing to see us all struggling along."