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CBE medal belonging to former Cumbria health boss stolen

Dr Ashton receiving his CBE Photo: Cumbria Police

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.

I am not somebody who cares much about possessions but what has been stolen means such a lot emotionally.

My wife’s jewellery that has gone includes things that were her mother's and grandmother's as well as the diamond and pearl necklace that we bought for my mother when we went to Buckingham Palace for me to receive my CBE.

The CBE itself is irreplaceable because it was put around my neck by the Queen with my mother present not long before my mother died.

I can’t imagine that the thief will have got more than a few pounds for it. I hope that whoever did this will understand my wife and my feelings and return these things which are so emotionally important to us."

– 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.