A mobile phone containing sentimental photos of a lost loved one is at the centre of a police appeal this lunchtime.

British Transport Police officers are appealing for the public’s help as investigations continue into the theft of a phone from a train travelling between Truro and Redruth last Saturday (May 17).

The phone contained photographs of the victim’s recently deceased partner.

Investigating officer, PC Wayne Frost, said: “The 29-year-old victim got off the 16:03 Plymouth to Penzance service at Truro and realised she had left her Samsung Galaxy Ace GTS5830i phone on board the train after it had departed the station.

“Train staff checked the service when it arrived at Redruth station but there was no trace of the phone and it has not yet been handed into any railway lost property office – therefore, we are treating the phone as stolen.

“The victim is particularly distressed as the phone contained photographs of her recently deceased partner which are clearly of huge sentimental value to her.

“I am appealing for anyone who knows the whereabouts of the stolen phone to contact BTP, or if you have been offered a Samsung Galaxy Ace for sale, please come forward and help reunite the victim with the treasured photos of her late partner.”

Anyone with information is asked contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting incident reference GSUB/B2 of 23/05/14.

Alternatively call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.