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Father's laptop stolen during funeral for his six-year-old son

The device had been used to show pictures of the deceased child at the service.

Norris and Pat Martin, who had a laptop stolen during their son's funeral
Norris and Pat Martin, who had a laptop stolen during their son's funeral
Image: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

POLICE IN LONDON are appealing for information after a man’s laptop was stolen during the funeral of his six-year-old son.

This happened during a service at a church in Hammersmith and Fulham in west London on 2 November.

The funeral had been taking place for Norris Tashan Javan Martin, also known as TJ.

The device had been used by his father Norris Martin and mother Pat Martin to show photographs of the child during the earlier part of the service in the Pentecostal City Church.

At around 1pm, mourners left the church to move a short distance away to Kensal Rise for the burial.

When they returned to the church they found that someone had stolen the laptop.

The theft has been described as “heartless” by police and anyone with any information is urged to come forward.

Speaking about the incident detective constable Ben Kirkham from Hammersmith and Fulham crime investigation department, said:

The theft of this laptop with the father’s precious photos of his son has obviously and understandably caused huge upset for the entire family who are already going through a very difficult time.

The suspected perpetrator was caught on CCTV entering the church.

He was seen walking into the building and is spending about 15 minutes inside, before emerging with the laptop in a carrier bag.

He is described as being a black man aged around 40 with a black hooded jacket and a white hooded top.

Police have also said that the man has a distinctive limp.

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