By Nick Butler

The 2011 World Championship bronze medal winner was "devastated" by the burgleryNovember 8 - Britain's World Championship bronze medallist Andy Turner has appealed for help after his family home was burgled at the same time as he was attending the funeral of his mother.

Turner, a 110 metres hurdler, has been one of the most consistent members of the British athletics team over the last decade, competing in the Olympics at Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

In a series of messages via social media, he appealed for help and described feeling "absolutely devastated" at the timing of the burglary which followed the sudden death of his mother last month. 

"Whilst at the function, we were burgled and everything was stolen including my car, laptop, phone plus loads of other stuff," he wrote.

"This happened in Hucknall in Nottingham around 8pm tonight, please help if you see a White Range Rover Sport please phone the police.

"Can't believe these people could do this on a day like today, please help catch them and get these people caught.

"Absolutely devastated, its hard enough having to bury your mum but to be burgled the same day and have your prize possessions stolen."

It is feared Turner may have been deliberately targeting after publicising the date of the funeral, although the 33-year-old insists that he does not regret doing that because "his mum would have wanted people to know about it".

His car has been found dumped in nearby Bilborough although other possessions are yet to be recovered. 

Andy Turner announced the burglary via social mediaAndy Turner announced the burglary in a stream of social media messages

It continues an unfortunate year for Turner, who missed the summer campaign through injury and was thereafter removed from the list of National Lottery funded athletes for next season. 

But, after being dropped from National Lottery funding on a previous occasion in 2008 he responded with gold at both the Commonwealth Games and European Championships in 2010 before taking a World Championship bronze at Daegu the following year.

His personal best of 13.22sec puts him third on the all time British rankings behind Tony Jarrett and the former world record holder Colin Jackson.

He is hoping to return in time for next year where he will compete against fellow British hurdlers Lawrence Clarke and William Sharman in the defence of his Commonwealth title.

The hurdler is also not the first sports star to be robbed - with many having been deliberately targeted while attending competitions.

Others to have suffered recently include Argentinian tennis star Juan Martin del Potro, who lost his passport, money and a rosary blessed by Pope Francis in Paris last week after stopping to sign an autograph.

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