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War veteran has £150 in cash stolen in distraction robbery

War veteran Harry Higgins had cash stolen from his home Credit: BPM Media

A 91-year-old war veteran who was the victim of a distraction robbery in his own home has thanked locals for rallying to support him.

Harry Higgins, who has a number of medals for bravery during the Second World War, lost £150 after he was targeted by a burglar at his house in Melton Mowbray.

He said his faith has been restored by the reaction of the community after they raised £332 for him in an online appeal.

People have also been dropping off hamper donations for Harry at the local Flower Basin shop in Melton town centre.

I would like to thank all the people who have given the groceries for the hamper for me and the money for me.

It’s amazing how people have come together like that. I never thought I would see that money again.

– Harry Higgins
A hamper is being put together for him by the community Credit: BPM Media

Harry explains that he opened his back gate in the afternoon, to see a man standing there, who he thought might be his nephew.

The man managed to get himself invited in and then asked for a coffee and to use the toilet.

Harry said he became suspicious, but was wary of upsetting the stranger as he feared being attacked.

He managed to get the man out of his house and called the police. But he later realised that £150 had been taken from his wallet.

I have done my share for the country, fighting in the war. I have stopped the jackboots coming into this country.

I appreciate this gesture of the money and the hamper.

– Harry Higgins
Harry says he won't let the burglary beat him Credit: BPM Media

The deputy leader of Melton Borough Council is also Harry's great-nephew.

Leigh Higgins said his great uncle was not beaten by Hitler, so he's determined not to let the criminal who stoke his money beat him either.

He said Harry was upset, but more annoyed he let himself be taken in by the thief.

Police say they are investigating.

The man is described as speaking with a local accent, and is white, average built, aged between 20 and 25, stands 5ft7ins tall, and was wearing a long overcoat and black gloves.

People wishing to donate food for the hamper for Harry have until 5pm on Saturday 16 December to drop it off at Flower Basin in Burton Street.