Memories of one of the happiest day of a family's life have been soured after thieves stole a daughter's wedding dress.
The dress belonging to Gemma Walters was not the only item of sentimental value taken from mum Carol Butler's garage in Park Court, Uxbridge; a bridesmaid's dress worn by Carol's granddaughter was also stolen.
Mrs Butler, 50, said: "When I found them missing it caused a few tears, they have such sentimental value. My grand-daughter was only 18 months old when she wore it.
"The wedding dress is beautiful, it's such a classic dress. I don't hold out much hope, but I just want them back, they can't be of much value to anybody else."
The dresses were among several items taken from the garages, believed to have been used as a temporary shelter by squatters.
Mrs Butler added: "I don't care about anything else that was taken, but I can't even go down there it is filthy, there's still remants of drugs lying around and syringes.
"What they've left behind is disgusting, it's not just a burglary, it's the fact they've taken it to sell to get drugs for themselves.
"Someone must know something - some drug users with a wedding dress has to arouse some suspicion."
Becky Wilson, 26, Gemma's sister, said: "It is a nightmare in the garage, it'll cost my mum about £600 to get someone in to clean it, but she just really wants the dress back."
Police confirmed that they were investigating the burglary.
Inspector Dave Hess said: "We are appealing for witnesses. Anyone who was in the area and saw anything of the incident or suspicious behaviour is asked to call 0208 246 1212."
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