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  • On a Wednesday afternoon in broad daylight, my house was burgled.
    When I returned home from work I didn't realise at first but then it dawned on me my laptop was gone containing all my pictures and films from pretty much the past five years, and none of it was backed up.

    By Thursday I had started to come to terms with the fact someone had been in the house, I began to mourn the loss of those images and films. But was grateful no-one had been hurt. The police came round to take finger prints.
    They dusted the entire kitchen, while my four year old watched on in intrigue as they covered surfaces with a light grey powder. They found nothing but a faint footprint on the window ledge leading them to believe they climbed in through the minute kitchen window, there was no evidence of a forced entry. They took my details and said they'd be in touch.

    On Friday morning, Friday the 13th at around 6am there was a panicked knock at my front door, I opened the door and there in front of me stood a boy, he must have been only 14 maybe 15 years old. He was obviously distressed and I thought maybe there had been a road accident, I asked him what was wrong, is everything OK?.

    He turned and looked at me with tears streaming down his face and said...

    I've got a confession to make about the burglary on your house on Wednesday.

    Yes, I said

    He held out his arm, and handed me a carrier bag containing my laptop.

    He explained that we was in trouble, had fallen in with the wrong crowd. But went to mosque with his friend, and told his friend what he had done and his friend quite wisely explained that people work very hard for their possessions, you can't just take something that doesn't belong to you, and so he realised he had to take my laptop back.

    Maybe it's because I'm a mother but I felt compelled to hug him and tell him no matter how bad he thought things were, they will get better, and there I was in that moment on my doorstep hugging a crying stranger, clutching a carrier bag with my digital memories at 6am on Friday the 13th...
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