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Athlete Kelly Sotherton has her gold medal stolen

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Burglars have raided the home of athlete Kelly Sotherton and taken her Commonwealth Games gold medal.

The theft comes months after cars belonging to Sotherton and her partner were gutted by fire outside her Sutton Coldfield home.

The former Birchfield Harriers heptathlete came first in the heptathlon in Melbourne in 2006.

She tweeted she was desperate for the return of the medal after she was burgled.

The track and field star posted: “Been burgled...one thing stolen was my commonwealth gold medal from Melbourne 2006... PLEASE RT HELP ME FIND IT.”

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Sotherton has collected a host of prizes in her athletics career but the gold Commonwealth medal was one her most treasured triumphs.

She also won bronze at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens and was fourth in Beijing in 2008.

The Isle of Wight-born athlete moved to the West Midlands in 1998.

However she announced her retirement from the sport after failing to recover from back surgery in time for the London 2012 Olympics.