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Saturday 10 December 2016

'Scumbags took every bit of decent jewellery', says burgled Twink

Showbiz star Twink Photo: Tony Gavin
Showbiz star Twink Photo: Tony Gavin
A safe lies in the bath in Twink's house

Showbiz star Twink has spoken of her devastation after all her jewellery was stolen and her house vandalised during a weekend burglary.

The panto queen, real name Adele King, lives in a Victorian mansion in Knocklyon in south Dublin.

The burglary comes only a week after she celebrated her daughter Chloe's first solo performance at the National Concert Hall.

Twink took to Facebook to describe the destruction she arrived home to after dropping daughters Chloe and Naomi to their cousins' house.

Culprits

"The sight that greeted me was beyond what the word 'shock' implies," she said.

She branded the culprits "scumbags" and "parasites".

"The room was four-feet-deep in clothes, every drawer was pulled out."

The 64-year-old said "every birthday, Christmas, anniversary gift" she had ever received was gone.

"Every item of decent jewellery and masses of my beloved, good quality costume jewellery that I have collected all over the world are all gone, and the memories attached to them gone for ever," she said.

"All my beloved mother's and grandmother's jewellery, my wedding rings, my baby rings, the girls' precious baby bracelets, my old charm bracelets from the Sixties, all gone."

A picture that her ex-husband David Agnew painted of Twink years ago was smashed on the floor and trodden on.

She went on to describe how her handbags, money, cards and luggage were also taken.

"Cards, money for the bills on Monday. Absolutely everything I own and love. Gone," she said..

"Pictures were torn off my bedroom wall and flung to the ground.

"I raced from room to room crying 'Jesus no, not more theft'," she said.

"The heating panels were ripped from the wall in the closet.

"The whole panel behind the sink area of my bathroom was ripped - all to check behind them for stuff, the gardai said.

Safe

"They did find stuff behind them - 20 years of cobwebs and a load of plumbing pipes."

Twink also told how her safe was "reefed out of the floor" and "flung into the bath".

"They watered it hoping to short circuit it and open it but they couldn't," she said.

"One garda said it was the worst destruction he'd ever seen in a break-in.

"The house was stripped bare of anything they could carry. We have all gone into shock mode at the scale of this."

Twink vowed that the thieves would be caught and appealed for information to be provided to Rathfarnham gardai.

"I will be like a dog with a bone," she said.

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