Tyne & Wear

Thieves steal 'precious' war medals from Hexham veteran

Stolen war medals Image copyright Northumbria Police
Image caption The medals included an Italy Star and a Second World War Medal

War medals awarded to a Normandy veteran have been stolen from his home in Northumberland.

The military honours, which were taken from a house in Hexham, belonged to the victim's late father who served with the Royal Army Service Corps.

The items included a 1939-45 Star, an Africa Star, an Italy Star, a France and Germany Star, a Defence Medal and a Second World War Medal.

Police said the theft of the "precious items" was "beyond belief".

Det Con John Daniels, of Northumbria Police, said: "These stolen war medals are of sentimental value to the victim as they belonged to his late father.

"At a time when we are remembering war heroes during the centenary of the First World War, it's beyond belief that someone would steal something so precious.

"I'd appeal for anyone who knows of their whereabouts or who has information about the burglary to get in touch with us.

"We're also keen to hear from anyone who saw suspicious activity in the area between 8 and 15 August to contact police."

A platinum wedding ring and an engagement ring were also stolen.

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