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GB Olympic athlete robbed during mother’s funeral

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British Olympian Andy Turner says he has been left "absolutely devastated" after he returned from his mother's funeral to find that he had been burgled with his car stolen along with other "prized possessions".

Turner, who won 110m bronze at the 2011 World Championships, had been attending the cremation of his mother in Hucknall, Nottingham when he returned to discover that his house had been broken into.

The 33-year-old, who claimed the European 110m hurdles gold medal in Barcelona and triumphed at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi in 2010, said the stolen items were amongst his most valued possessions.

Turner swiftly took to Twitter to appeal for help, explaining that it could not have come at a worst time in his life.

"Please help. My mum’s funeral today. Whilst at the function, we were burgled and everything was stolen, including my car, laptop, phone plus loads of other stuff,” he said.

"Can’t believe these people could do this on a day like today. Please help catch them. Please RT [re-tweet] this and get these people caught.

"This happened in Hucknall in Nottingham around 8pm tonight. Please help if u see a White Range Rover Sport or Mac. Please phone the police," he added.

"Absolutely devastated. It’s hard enough having to bury your mum but to be burgled the same day and have your prize possessions stolen. Gutted."

Turner described the loss of his mother, Yvonne, at the age of 58 as "the worst possible end to the worst eight days of my life" after her sudden death followed the news that he had been axed from Lottery funding.

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The hurdler had endured an injury-plagued season that led to his failure to qualify for the World Championships in Moscow over the summer which resulted in his loss of funding.

Turner's fellow athletes were quick to offer their condolences with double European Indoor gold medallist Perri Shakes-Drayton describing the theft as "shocking".

Meanwhile, world silver medallist Hannah England added: "Hope they get caught and you get your stuff back. Rough day for you."

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