VILE burglars raided a grandparents’ home while they were on holiday and stole their prized possession - a 103-year-old antique lamp.

Thieves completely ransacked the Wickford home while the occupants - a 62-year-old woman and a 69-year-old man - were visiting Suffolk for their only weekend away this year.

When they returned home, they discovered burglars had stolen five televisions, two laptops, an Ipad, crystal glass tableware and even three teddy bears.

However the couple were most devastated to see that the family heirloom - a brass Tiffany lamp which usually stood on the living room windowsill - had disappeared.

Five televisions, laptop computers, iPads, cameras, jewellery and even teddy bears were among the valuables taken from the house in London Road between October 2 and 4.

The item of greatest sentimental value was the Tiffany lamp which handed down through the family.

Investigating officer DC Jo Phillips said: "The couple had not been away from their home for years and were shocked to find out what had happened when they returned from their weekend trip.

"A huge amount of property was taken from the house and the shed where a large number of tools were taken.

"We believe that the burglars may have used a red van that was seen parked outside the property. They also took various bags or baskets to carry away some of the smaller items, including a log basket, vegetable basket and even a dog basket.

"We want to hear from anyone who saw any suspicious activity in London Road over the weekend. We would also like to hear from anyone who might have information about the Tiffany lamp or a large number of household items being offered for sale.”

Witnesses should call 101.