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Poppy seller's military memories stolen

An 80-year-old poppy seller is appealing for the return of his precious naval memories after a break-in at his Norfolk home.

Christopher Woollands Credit: ITV Anglia

Christopher Woollands served on Christmas Island during the Atomic tests of 1957.

Photographs of the tests were among the memories contained in an album which was taken from his home at Reedham.

Atomic tests on Christmas Island Credit: ITV Anglia

Christopher Woollands is the Treasurer of the Acle Branch of the Royal British Legion.

As well as taking the album full of pictures from his time in the Navy the thieves took more than £300 which he had collected for a Christmas event being organised by the Legion

Christopher at his wedding in 1952 Credit: ITV Anglia

Click below to watch our interview with Christopher

The break-in happened sometime between 10am on Saturday 4 November and 11am on Monday 6 November.

The album containing the treasured memories is from China and has a black shellac cover.

The drawer where Christopher's memories were kept Credit: ITV Anglia

"Whilst any burglary can be traumatic, to have such a sentimental piece of property stolen is devastating for the victim. The photo album illustrates the victim's entire Navy career and features pictures of the ships he served on including HMS Perseus, HMS Saint, HMS Comus, HMS Cossack, HMS Undine, HMS Rocket, HMS Carysfort and HMS Indefatigable. I am keen to see the victim reunited with his historic records and would urge anyone who may have any information about the burglary, or the whereabouts of the photo album, to contact police."

– DC Gill Dawson, Great Yarmouth CID

Anyone with information should contact Norfolk Police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Click below to watch our report from Malcolm Robertson