Thieves smash through Whitefield home swiping ‘irreplaceable’ medals of war hero while family on holiday

By Dan Windham

Burglars armed with a paving slab smashed through a Whitefield home stealing the prized war medals of a late soldier from his daughter – and now family are asking the public for help in finding them.

The thieves broke into the daughter’s home on Ridge Crescent while the family was away on holiday on August 14 and when the woman and her family returned a week later, they discovered the medals belonging to the war veteran, who died in 2006, were missing.

The medals stolen from the home included the Burma Star, the 1939-45 Defence Medal and the 1939-45 War Medal with the name “R Brittain” engraved on the back of all three.

The thieves also made off with a tablet, a laptop, cash and several items of jewellery.

Police Constable Rob Bartlett said: “This family has been left devastated by losing these medals; they were of extreme sentimental value to the family who are very proud of what their relative did.

“The family would like these irreplaceable medals to be returned. If anyone recognises them from the pictures, I would urge them to get in touch with the police.”

Anyone with any information should contact police on 0161 856 8145 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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