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Thief returns ‘cursed’ relics she stole from the ruins of Pompeii 15 years ago

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A thief has returned " cursed " relics 15 years after she stole them from Pompeii.

She sent a package containing two mosaic tiles and a letter of confession to a travel agent in the ancient Italian city.

The Canadian woman, identified only as Nicole, wrote: "Please, take them back, they bring bad luck."

She claimed a hex on the artefacts had given her breast cancer twice and ruined her financially.

Nicole wrote in her letter that she had learned her lesson and wanted "forgiveness from God".

She said: "I am now 36 and had breast cancer twice.

"The last time ending in a double mastectomy. My family and I also had financial problems. We're good people and I don't want to pass this curse on to my family or children."

She said she was in her early 20s when she visited the archaeological park in 2005 and wanted a piece of history "nobody could have".

But the relics had "so much negative energy… linked to that land of destruction".

The ancient city was buried in volcanic ash after a catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in southern Italy in 79AD.

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It laid buried there until the 16th century and is now one of the country's most-visited attractions.

Her package contained a confession letter from another couple in Canada with some stones stolen from the same site in 2005.

They wrote: "We took them without thinking of the pain and suffering these poor souls experienced during the eruption of Vesuvius and their terrible death.

"We are sorry, please forgive us for making this terrible choice. May their souls rest in peace."

A brick taken from the ruins in 1958 was put up for sale on eBay for €70 (£50) in 2015.

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