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Appeal for return of war medals taken from train travelling to Exeter

A man has made an emotional appeal for thieves to return his father’s war medals, after they were stolen from a train.

Keith Ridings was returning by train from his father's funeral (pictured above) when the medals went missing. Credit: British Transport Police

The 64-year-old was returning from his father’s funeral on the 11.17am train between Birmingham New Street and Exeter St Davids on 14 June.

He left his bag, which contained the medals, on the luggage rack but found it missing when he exited the train at Exeter.

The medals were won by the victim’s father (pictured) between 1945 and 1948.

I inherited these medals from my father’s estate only a couple of weeks ago.

When I discovered these medals were missing, I felt a complete sense of loss and disappointment.

It upsets me that someone is in possession of those medals, who has no idea what my father went through to earn them.

– Keith Ridings

Man charged after Exeter MP receives abusive call

Man charged after Bradshaw MP receives abusive call Credit: PA

A man has been charged under the Malicious Communications Act after Labour's Exeter MP received an abusive phone call.

The call was recored on Ben Bradshaw's answering machine at his office in Westminster. The office then informed the Parliamentary Police and Devon and Cornwall Police.

An abusive phone call to MP Ben Bradshaw was recorded on his parliamentary office answering machine and heard on Wednesday 15 June.

The office informed Parliamentary Police and Devon and Cornwall Police. A 37 year old male from Exeter has been charged under the Malicious Communications Act 1988 and bailed to appear before Exeter magistrates.

– Devon & Cornwall Police

A 37 year old man from Exeter has been charged under the Malicious Communications Act 1988 with sending a communication of an offensive nature and bailed to appear before Exeter Magistrates on 5 July.

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