Thursday 23 November 2017

Ring theft spoils proposal surprise

Jason Lyon proposed to Nicola Waites despite the engagement ring being stolen
Jason Lyon proposed to Nicola Waites despite the engagement ring being stolen

Two people have been arrested after a burglary which ruined a man's surprise plan to propose to his girlfriend when thieves stole the engagement ring.

Jason Lyon ended up asking Nicola Waites to marry him as they sat in the back of a police van while scenes-of-crime officers dusted their home in The Wynd, Pelton, County Durham, for fingerprints.

Mr Lyon, 20, bought the £330 diamond ring and planned to propose on New Year's Eve, but his romantic idea was ruined by burglars whose break-in was discovered on Boxing Day.

A Durham Police spokeswoman said: "Two people have been arrested in connection with the incident. A 30-year-old woman from Pelton was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods and a 33-year-old man from Pelton on suspicion of burglary.

"They are both being held at Durham City police station for questioning."

Mr Lyon said the proposal to his 21-year-old fiancee was successful, despite the unusual circumstances.

He said: "She said yes and then got quite emotional. It was a mixture of joy and upset and stress."

The engagement ring has not yet been recovered, police said.

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