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New Mills war hero dies after medals stolen

A pocket watch similar to one stolen during the burglary in New Mills. Photo contributed.

A pocket watch similar to one stolen during the burglary in New Mills. Photo contributed.

A war veteran has died days after callous thieves broke into his home in New Mills and stole his medals.

Offenders gained entry to the house on Sundown Close, between 5pm on Wednesday January 8 and 12pm on Thursday January 9 by forcing open a rear window.

The victim, who served in the Royal Navy in the Second World War, died last Monday January 13.

The burglars stole a sentimental Hebdomas pocket watch and World War Two medals belonging to the late victim and his brother-in-law, who died aged 21 after being shot down serving his country.

PCSO Lee Baker from the New Mills and Hayfield Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “This crime has caused a lot of distress for this family and we are working hard to track down the criminals and bring them to justice.

“Sentimental items were taken from the couple’s home and I cannot sympathise with the family enough. Sadly, one of the victim’s has passed away since the crime.

“I urge anyone with any information, or may have committed the crime to get in touch and help return the items to this family.”

Other items taken during the burglary include a diamante necklace, four gold chains, a pearl necklace and two crystal necklaces.

Anyone with any information about the crime should contact Derbyshire Police on 101.

 

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