Police in Cumbria are investigating a burglary in which a CBE medal was stolen.

The medal belongs to Dr John Ashton, the former Director of Public Health in Cumbria.

It was taken from his home, along with jewellery and a BB gun, on Tuesday 6 November at his property in Dent.

Dr Ashton said:

You hear about how awful it is to be burgled and to have strangers roaming around your home and stealing your precious things but it is only when it happens to you that you experience that sickening sense of violation.

Dr John Ashton, former Director of Public Health in Cumbria

Anyone with information is asked to call 101, or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.