A Worksop man faces Remembrance Day without his grandfather’s military medals after burglars struck at his home.
The three medals, which acknowledge the late veteran’s service with the Irish Defence Forces, were stolen from the man’s home in St Cuthbert Street between 9.30am on Thursday 30th October and 8am on Saturday 31st October 2014.
Intruders smashed the rear kitchen window while the house was unoccupied and made an untidy search of the belongings within.
They left through a rear door with the medals, as well as electrical items, jewellery, alcohol and distinctive football and music memorabilia.
Among these items were limited edition framed Beatles souvenirs, one featuring the whole band and the other a John Lennon gold disc, number 1687 of 2500.
There was also a limited edition (number 113 of 500) framed painting of George Best, signed by the Northern Irish legend and the artist, Heather Harman, as well as Ireland, Celtic and Manchester United shirts.
Another distinctive item taken, along with its case, was a bronze coin issued in 2007 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Celtic’s European Cup win in 1967.
The intelligence officer’s grandson said: “The careless way these people went through my house shows they don’t have a moral bone in their body.”
“My grandad died in the seventies and this is all I have left of him.”
“I just want those medals back.”
“They mean more to me than they are worth in money.”
Enquiries have been made in the area to trace witnesses.
Detectives are also making enquiries online and in the second-hand arena in hopes of tracing the collectable pieces.
Bassetlaw Detective Constable, Adrian White, said: “Have you been offered any of these items for sale? Have you seen them in a shop window or online?”
“Help us reunite this man with his memorabilia, which he has spent years collecting.”
“But in particular, let’s bring back his grandad’s medals.”
“No one has the right to have them in their possession other than his family.”
If you have any information contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.