Burnley mum’s anguish at £14,000 gold raid

Rujina Begum and son Ridwan with the damaged door of her house in Clegg Street East

Rujina Begum and son Ridwan with the damaged door of her house in Clegg Street East

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A BURNLEY mother has been left devastated after thieves stole thousands of pounds-worth of Asian gold from her home.

Rujina Begum, 28, and her family were out a ceremony on Sunday evening when thieves 'trashed' the bedrooms before making off with £14,000-worth of Asian gold as well as four laptops, a mobile phone and an iPad.

The raiders broke the lock on Rujina’s back door in Clegg Street East, Burnley, between 6pm and 10pm.

A second similar burglary has since taken place in nearby Elm Street on Tuesday and police believe the two crimes could be linked.

The mother-of-two said: “It’s so upsetting. I just want my gold back.

“That gold was my wedding gold and I wanted to pass it on to my daughter on her wedding day. I had hoped that it would be in my family line for generation to generation and now it is just gone.

“They took everything. All of my gold and jewellery. They even stole my 10-month-old daughter's bangles and necklace. They didn’t even care that it belonged to a baby.”

Rujina, who works as a medical receptionist at St Peter’s Centre, lives with her husband, baby daughter Isha, and eight-year-old son, Ridwan, who she says has been left traumatised by the incident.

“He doesn’t even like going out to play on the street now. It’s frightened all of us.

“I grew up on these streets and have family close by but I just don’t feel safe. I’m watching outside all the time, hoping they aren’t hanging around. I just want them caught.”

Police are appealing for information following the two burglaries.

Police said that a house in Elm Street was broken into between 8pm and midnight on Tuesday. Gold jewellery, along with a large amount of cash, was taken.

A spokeman for Burnley Police said: “We believe that these two burglaries could be linked and that they may be targeted attacks carried out by local Asian men. I would appeal for local members of the community to help us identify those responsible for the burglaries and anyone who may have information about the incidents should get in touch with police on 101 quoting FA1409264."

Anyone with information call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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4:36pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Caspar the ghost says...

Stupid stone-age woman. Put it in the bank!!
Stupid stone-age woman. Put it in the bank!! Caspar the ghost
  • Score: -12

4:43pm Thu 21 Aug 14

child44 says...

Caspar the ghost wrote:
Stupid stone-age woman. Put it in the bank!!
Aye, because the banks do a really good job of looking after other people's money, don't they?
[quote][p][bold]Caspar the ghost[/bold] wrote: Stupid stone-age woman. Put it in the bank!![/p][/quote]Aye, because the banks do a really good job of looking after other people's money, don't they? child44
  • Score: 25

4:53pm Thu 21 Aug 14

onsidecobra says...

How many more time has this to happen before these people realise that there are safer places to put your gold than under the bed!
How many more time has this to happen before these people realise that there are safer places to put your gold than under the bed! onsidecobra
  • Score: 20

5:26pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Stone Island: says...

Contrary to popular belief, you CAN have a safety deposit box in a bank. I myself have one. I bought it myself, and I contact the bank the day before I need access, and they bring it from the vault on the day. I can open it in private, take out what I need, then it's locked back in the vault until next time.
Contrary to popular belief, you CAN have a safety deposit box in a bank. I myself have one. I bought it myself, and I contact the bank the day before I need access, and they bring it from the vault on the day. I can open it in private, take out what I need, then it's locked back in the vault until next time. Stone Island:
  • Score: 18

5:30pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Casper's mum says...

Perhaps having so much jewellery of value in your house may not seem like a good idea but people should be able to have whatever they want in their house without the fear of it being stolen.

The person in the wrong here is the burglar who believes he has some right to steal from others!
Perhaps having so much jewellery of value in your house may not seem like a good idea but people should be able to have whatever they want in their house without the fear of it being stolen. The person in the wrong here is the burglar who believes he has some right to steal from others! Casper's mum
  • Score: 34

5:31pm Thu 21 Aug 14

mark anthony says...

Eastern Europeans stepping on toes. Plan B
Eastern Europeans stepping on toes. Plan B mark anthony
  • Score: 15

5:45pm Thu 21 Aug 14

glossopkid says...

Stone Island: wrote:
Contrary to popular belief, you CAN have a safety deposit box in a bank. I myself have one. I bought it myself, and I contact the bank the day before I need access, and they bring it from the vault on the day. I can open it in private, take out what I need, then it's locked back in the vault until next time.
Which bank? As ive been told banks have stopped doing this. Or have I been told fibs!!!
[quote][p][bold]Stone Island:[/bold] wrote: Contrary to popular belief, you CAN have a safety deposit box in a bank. I myself have one. I bought it myself, and I contact the bank the day before I need access, and they bring it from the vault on the day. I can open it in private, take out what I need, then it's locked back in the vault until next time.[/p][/quote]Which bank? As ive been told banks have stopped doing this. Or have I been told fibs!!! glossopkid
  • Score: -8

5:55pm Thu 21 Aug 14

TONY WALES says...

Casper's mum wrote:
Perhaps having so much jewellery of value in your house may not seem like a good idea but people should be able to have whatever they want in their house without the fear of it being stolen.

The person in the wrong here is the burglar who believes he has some right to steal from others!
People should also have a brain and use it..
Some people never do......
[quote][p][bold]Casper's mum[/bold] wrote: Perhaps having so much jewellery of value in your house may not seem like a good idea but people should be able to have whatever they want in their house without the fear of it being stolen. The person in the wrong here is the burglar who believes he has some right to steal from others![/p][/quote]People should also have a brain and use it.. Some people never do...... TONY WALES
  • Score: 5

6:04pm Thu 21 Aug 14

sen c b l says...

Caspar the ghost wrote:
Stupid stone-age woman. Put it in the bank!!
Stoneage was a period covering Britain and Europe many million years ago until the rise in sea levels separated Britain from Europe. Many of your ancestors the women raping cave dwellers were resorting to cannabilism to survive and your father most likely eat your mother many many million years ago after being clobbered over their over sized skulls and eaten for a get together meal. Most of their 'tools' and tombs that date back to that period have been unearthed limited to the British Isles and Europe only. Whereas Asia and the desert people were civilised and educated and studying space and stating that the earth wasn't flat and it was in fact orbiting the sun, unlike the west who were teaching their young the total opposite, and graduating in advace maths and building construction.
[quote][p][bold]Caspar the ghost[/bold] wrote: Stupid stone-age woman. Put it in the bank!![/p][/quote]Stoneage was a period covering Britain and Europe many million years ago until the rise in sea levels separated Britain from Europe. Many of your ancestors the women raping cave dwellers were resorting to cannabilism to survive and your father most likely eat your mother many many million years ago after being clobbered over their over sized skulls and eaten for a get together meal. Most of their 'tools' and tombs that date back to that period have been unearthed limited to the British Isles and Europe only. Whereas Asia and the desert people were civilised and educated and studying space and stating that the earth wasn't flat and it was in fact orbiting the sun, unlike the west who were teaching their young the total opposite, and graduating in advace maths and building construction. sen c b l
  • Score: -22

6:35pm Thu 21 Aug 14

DoggydogNo1 says...

hmmmmm
hmmmmm DoggydogNo1
  • Score: -7

6:59pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Markus Spartacus says...

Who has gold in their house that is almost to the value of the property itself? Am I cynical, or is this the latest in a long line of insurance scams now that the crash for cash operation seems to have been finally dismantled. 5 figure sums of Asian gold being stolen from low value houses is almost as common in the press as the 'Indian' takeaway/restaurant going up in flames.

Have that kind of asset in cash also affects one's ability to claim benefits, where as if it is in gold then it doesn't need to be declared. I hope the lady concerned was well insured.......
Who has gold in their house that is almost to the value of the property itself? Am I cynical, or is this the latest in a long line of insurance scams now that the crash for cash operation seems to have been finally dismantled. 5 figure sums of Asian gold being stolen from low value houses is almost as common in the press as the 'Indian' takeaway/restaurant going up in flames. Have that kind of asset in cash also affects one's ability to claim benefits, where as if it is in gold then it doesn't need to be declared. I hope the lady concerned was well insured....... Markus Spartacus
  • Score: 24

7:10pm Thu 21 Aug 14

EDL make me laugh says...

Markus Spartacus wrote:
Who has gold in their house that is almost to the value of the property itself? Am I cynical, or is this the latest in a long line of insurance scams now that the crash for cash operation seems to have been finally dismantled. 5 figure sums of Asian gold being stolen from low value houses is almost as common in the press as the 'Indian' takeaway/restaurant going up in flames.

Have that kind of asset in cash also affects one's ability to claim benefits, where as if it is in gold then it doesn't need to be declared. I hope the lady concerned was well insured.......
Don't think it will be insurance scam.
Loads of houses being burgled at the moment. The word on the street is that burglars are fully equipped with metal detectors and are planning well ahead so they know what time the properly is empty. The surveillance footage shows Eastern European people patrolling the area before the break in.
[quote][p][bold]Markus Spartacus[/bold] wrote: Who has gold in their house that is almost to the value of the property itself? Am I cynical, or is this the latest in a long line of insurance scams now that the crash for cash operation seems to have been finally dismantled. 5 figure sums of Asian gold being stolen from low value houses is almost as common in the press as the 'Indian' takeaway/restaurant going up in flames. Have that kind of asset in cash also affects one's ability to claim benefits, where as if it is in gold then it doesn't need to be declared. I hope the lady concerned was well insured.......[/p][/quote]Don't think it will be insurance scam. Loads of houses being burgled at the moment. The word on the street is that burglars are fully equipped with metal detectors and are planning well ahead so they know what time the properly is empty. The surveillance footage shows Eastern European people patrolling the area before the break in. EDL make me laugh
  • Score: 12

7:12pm Thu 21 Aug 14

mark anthony says...

Think the police need to ask is the gold insured if so who with then look at it again it will all fall into place........I say no more .
Think the police need to ask is the gold insured if so who with then look at it again it will all fall into place........I say no more . mark anthony
  • Score: 8

9:32pm Thu 21 Aug 14

gazzandste says...

Can`t believe a person having so many laptops with a young family. Also gold in the house, worth more than the house. What a scam. How many more of these robberies will happen in this area.
Can`t believe a person having so many laptops with a young family. Also gold in the house, worth more than the house. What a scam. How many more of these robberies will happen in this area. gazzandste
  • Score: 11

9:46pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Shane says...

I've no doubt this woman was robbed of her gold but as someone else says 4 laptops and an iPad? Everyone likes to put something a bit extra on the claim which I think is excepted by insurance companies (they just increase premiums) but I think this is being a little greedy.
I've no doubt this woman was robbed of her gold but as someone else says 4 laptops and an iPad? Everyone likes to put something a bit extra on the claim which I think is excepted by insurance companies (they just increase premiums) but I think this is being a little greedy. Shane
  • Score: 9

10:14pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Samantha ;) says...

4 lap tops?? Mum, dad, 8 year old kid (maybe) so who uses the other one? The 10 month old? Genius
4 lap tops?? Mum, dad, 8 year old kid (maybe) so who uses the other one? The 10 month old? Genius Samantha ;)
  • Score: 10

10:40pm Thu 21 Aug 14

trevhd says...

sen c b l wrote:
Caspar the ghost wrote:
Stupid stone-age woman. Put it in the bank!!
Stoneage was a period covering Britain and Europe many million years ago until the rise in sea levels separated Britain from Europe. Many of your ancestors the women raping cave dwellers were resorting to cannabilism to survive and your father most likely eat your mother many many million years ago after being clobbered over their over sized skulls and eaten for a get together meal. Most of their 'tools' and tombs that date back to that period have been unearthed limited to the British Isles and Europe only. Whereas Asia and the desert people were civilised and educated and studying space and stating that the earth wasn't flat and it was in fact orbiting the sun, unlike the west who were teaching their young the total opposite, and graduating in advace maths and building construction.
I think you got your time lines mixed up homo sapiens appeared in Europe about 45,000 years ago the desert people I presume you mean the Arab /Egyptian started approx 2700 BC
[quote][p][bold]sen c b l[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Caspar the ghost[/bold] wrote: Stupid stone-age woman. Put it in the bank!![/p][/quote]Stoneage was a period covering Britain and Europe many million years ago until the rise in sea levels separated Britain from Europe. Many of your ancestors the women raping cave dwellers were resorting to cannabilism to survive and your father most likely eat your mother many many million years ago after being clobbered over their over sized skulls and eaten for a get together meal. Most of their 'tools' and tombs that date back to that period have been unearthed limited to the British Isles and Europe only. Whereas Asia and the desert people were civilised and educated and studying space and stating that the earth wasn't flat and it was in fact orbiting the sun, unlike the west who were teaching their young the total opposite, and graduating in advace maths and building construction.[/p][/quote]I think you got your time lines mixed up homo sapiens appeared in Europe about 45,000 years ago the desert people I presume you mean the Arab /Egyptian started approx 2700 BC trevhd
  • Score: -1

11:50pm Thu 21 Aug 14

ikap22 says...

gazzandste wrote:
Can`t believe a person having so many laptops with a young family. Also gold in the house, worth more than the house. What a scam. How many more of these robberies will happen in this area.
Its the norm nowadays, no thing wrong with having laptop's, ipads, even the chav's have them.
[quote][p][bold]gazzandste[/bold] wrote: Can`t believe a person having so many laptops with a young family. Also gold in the house, worth more than the house. What a scam. How many more of these robberies will happen in this area.[/p][/quote]Its the norm nowadays, no thing wrong with having laptop's, ipads, even the chav's have them. ikap22
  • Score: -3

6:09am Fri 22 Aug 14

Crispy Bacon says...

ikap22 wrote:
gazzandste wrote:
Can`t believe a person having so many laptops with a young family. Also gold in the house, worth more than the house. What a scam. How many more of these robberies will happen in this area.
Its the norm nowadays, no thing wrong with having laptop's, ipads, even the chav's have them.
And too many apostrophes where none are needed.
[quote][p][bold]ikap22[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gazzandste[/bold] wrote: Can`t believe a person having so many laptops with a young family. Also gold in the house, worth more than the house. What a scam. How many more of these robberies will happen in this area.[/p][/quote]Its the norm nowadays, no thing wrong with having laptop's, ipads, even the chav's have them.[/p][/quote]And too many apostrophes where none are needed. Crispy Bacon
  • Score: 2

7:21am Fri 22 Aug 14

DoggydogNo1 says...

ikap22 wrote:
gazzandste wrote:
Can`t believe a person having so many laptops with a young family. Also gold in the house, worth more than the house. What a scam. How many more of these robberies will happen in this area.
Its the norm nowadays, no thing wrong with having laptop's, ipads, even the chav's have them.
you should know eh? Perfect cap for you! Well done on spotting the opening to reveal it.
[quote][p][bold]ikap22[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gazzandste[/bold] wrote: Can`t believe a person having so many laptops with a young family. Also gold in the house, worth more than the house. What a scam. How many more of these robberies will happen in this area.[/p][/quote]Its the norm nowadays, no thing wrong with having laptop's, ipads, even the chav's have them.[/p][/quote]you should know eh? Perfect cap for you! Well done on spotting the opening to reveal it. DoggydogNo1
  • Score: 2

7:21am Fri 22 Aug 14

DaveBurnley says...

If you have anything valuable you should have an alarm system fitted to your house. It's one of those things we have to have in these times.
If you have anything valuable you should have an alarm system fitted to your house. It's one of those things we have to have in these times. DaveBurnley
  • Score: 6

12:28pm Fri 22 Aug 14

ikap22 says...

DoggydogNo1 wrote:
ikap22 wrote:
gazzandste wrote:
Can`t believe a person having so many laptops with a young family. Also gold in the house, worth more than the house. What a scam. How many more of these robberies will happen in this area.
Its the norm nowadays, no thing wrong with having laptop's, ipads, even the chav's have them.
you should know eh? Perfect cap for you! Well done on spotting the opening to reveal it.
I was referring to your type!!
[quote][p][bold]DoggydogNo1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ikap22[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gazzandste[/bold] wrote: Can`t believe a person having so many laptops with a young family. Also gold in the house, worth more than the house. What a scam. How many more of these robberies will happen in this area.[/p][/quote]Its the norm nowadays, no thing wrong with having laptop's, ipads, even the chav's have them.[/p][/quote]you should know eh? Perfect cap for you! Well done on spotting the opening to reveal it.[/p][/quote]I was referring to your type!! ikap22
  • Score: 1

3:28pm Fri 22 Aug 14

sen c b l says...

trevhd wrote:
sen c b l wrote:
Caspar the ghost wrote:
Stupid stone-age woman. Put it in the bank!!
Stoneage was a period covering Britain and Europe many million years ago until the rise in sea levels separated Britain from Europe. Many of your ancestors the women raping cave dwellers were resorting to cannabilism to survive and your father most likely eat your mother many many million years ago after being clobbered over their over sized skulls and eaten for a get together meal. Most of their 'tools' and tombs that date back to that period have been unearthed limited to the British Isles and Europe only. Whereas Asia and the desert people were civilised and educated and studying space and stating that the earth wasn't flat and it was in fact orbiting the sun, unlike the west who were teaching their young the total opposite, and graduating in advace maths and building construction.
I think you got your time lines mixed up homo sapiens appeared in Europe about 45,000 years ago the desert people I presume you mean the Arab /Egyptian started approx 2700 BC
No my post is spot on but the other nut whom I was replying to foolishly linked the lady in article with his ancestors whom were worshipping the stone structure called Stonehenge whereas at the same period the other civilised cultures were far advanced and expanding their knowledge to the frontiers of the universe. I may not have the exact date if that's what you're are worried about but I can tell you that from the period before Christ till man began to walk the land in the west, they were cave dwellers.
Check the history.
[quote][p][bold]trevhd[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sen c b l[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Caspar the ghost[/bold] wrote: Stupid stone-age woman. Put it in the bank!![/p][/quote]Stoneage was a period covering Britain and Europe many million years ago until the rise in sea levels separated Britain from Europe. Many of your ancestors the women raping cave dwellers were resorting to cannabilism to survive and your father most likely eat your mother many many million years ago after being clobbered over their over sized skulls and eaten for a get together meal. Most of their 'tools' and tombs that date back to that period have been unearthed limited to the British Isles and Europe only. Whereas Asia and the desert people were civilised and educated and studying space and stating that the earth wasn't flat and it was in fact orbiting the sun, unlike the west who were teaching their young the total opposite, and graduating in advace maths and building construction.[/p][/quote]I think you got your time lines mixed up homo sapiens appeared in Europe about 45,000 years ago the desert people I presume you mean the Arab /Egyptian started approx 2700 BC[/p][/quote]No my post is spot on but the other nut whom I was replying to foolishly linked the lady in article with his ancestors whom were worshipping the stone structure called Stonehenge whereas at the same period the other civilised cultures were far advanced and expanding their knowledge to the frontiers of the universe. I may not have the exact date if that's what you're are worried about but I can tell you that from the period before Christ till man began to walk the land in the west, they were cave dwellers. Check the history. sen c b l
  • Score: 1

6:12pm Fri 22 Aug 14

It's a spade! says...

That's funny cos I live in a £350,000 house and don't have £14,000 of gold, no i-pad either and 2 teenagers but we still only have one laptop in the house.

Was the mobile an i phone 5 by any chance?

Either she's lying or she should perhaps spend her money on buying a better in house in a nicer area rather than electronic goods.

By the looks of the picture that isn't even a proper external door and adequate lock. So, if not the insurance won't pay out. Maybe she should have passed up on a laptop or two and paid for a joiner to fit her a proper one.

I hold no truc with thieves or burglars but fraudsters are no better!

And by the way insurance companies do not accept people adding a bit on. That is fraud! It also means everyone else ends up paying for it through increased premiums.
That's funny cos I live in a £350,000 house and don't have £14,000 of gold, no i-pad either and 2 teenagers but we still only have one laptop in the house. Was the mobile an i phone 5 by any chance? Either she's lying or she should perhaps spend her money on buying a better in house in a nicer area rather than electronic goods. By the looks of the picture that isn't even a proper external door and adequate lock. So, if not the insurance won't pay out. Maybe she should have passed up on a laptop or two and paid for a joiner to fit her a proper one. I hold no truc with thieves or burglars but fraudsters are no better! And by the way insurance companies do not accept people adding a bit on. That is fraud! It also means everyone else ends up paying for it through increased premiums. It's a spade!
  • Score: 6

7:49pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Malthus says...

Crispy Bacon wrote:
ikap22 wrote:
gazzandste wrote:
Can`t believe a person having so many laptops with a young family. Also gold in the house, worth more than the house. What a scam. How many more of these robberies will happen in this area.
Its the norm nowadays, no thing wrong with having laptop's, ipads, even the chav's have them.
And too many apostrophes where none are needed.
Crispy, it would have been better if you would have used an apostrophe when you wrote the word "its" in the sentence "Its the norm nowadays". By the way not an attack on you, I once used the acronym IUD instead of IED. I felts such a fool after that. Lol now I always try to proof read everything I write.
[quote][p][bold]Crispy Bacon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ikap22[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gazzandste[/bold] wrote: Can`t believe a person having so many laptops with a young family. Also gold in the house, worth more than the house. What a scam. How many more of these robberies will happen in this area.[/p][/quote]Its the norm nowadays, no thing wrong with having laptop's, ipads, even the chav's have them.[/p][/quote]And too many apostrophes where none are needed.[/p][/quote]Crispy, it would have been better if you would have used an apostrophe when you wrote the word "its" in the sentence "Its the norm nowadays". By the way not an attack on you, I once used the acronym IUD instead of IED. I felts such a fool after that. Lol now I always try to proof read everything I write. Malthus
  • Score: -1

2:31pm Sun 24 Aug 14

Openminded? says...

It's a spade! wrote:
That's funny cos I live in a £350,000 house and don't have £14,000 of gold, no i-pad either and 2 teenagers but we still only have one laptop in the house.

Was the mobile an i phone 5 by any chance?

Either she's lying or she should perhaps spend her money on buying a better in house in a nicer area rather than electronic goods.

By the looks of the picture that isn't even a proper external door and adequate lock. So, if not the insurance won't pay out. Maybe she should have passed up on a laptop or two and paid for a joiner to fit her a proper one.

I hold no truc with thieves or burglars but fraudsters are no better!

And by the way insurance companies do not accept people adding a bit on. That is fraud! It also means everyone else ends up paying for it through increased premiums.
Why should spend her money buying a better house?

The gold was probally gifts from her family, gifts which would offend if she sold to buy a better house!

She has chosen to live in that house whether she has money or not, who the hell are you to judge that.

Whilst I agree there are better ways to store the gold, that does not mean, you deserve being burgled?!
[quote][p][bold]It's a spade![/bold] wrote: That's funny cos I live in a £350,000 house and don't have £14,000 of gold, no i-pad either and 2 teenagers but we still only have one laptop in the house. Was the mobile an i phone 5 by any chance? Either she's lying or she should perhaps spend her money on buying a better in house in a nicer area rather than electronic goods. By the looks of the picture that isn't even a proper external door and adequate lock. So, if not the insurance won't pay out. Maybe she should have passed up on a laptop or two and paid for a joiner to fit her a proper one. I hold no truc with thieves or burglars but fraudsters are no better! And by the way insurance companies do not accept people adding a bit on. That is fraud! It also means everyone else ends up paying for it through increased premiums.[/p][/quote]Why should spend her money buying a better house? The gold was probally gifts from her family, gifts which would offend if she sold to buy a better house! She has chosen to live in that house whether she has money or not, who the hell are you to judge that. Whilst I agree there are better ways to store the gold, that does not mean, you deserve being burgled?! Openminded?
  • Score: 3

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