Second World War medals stolen from Teignmouth home

The medals look similar to these and include the Italy star, the RAF long service medal and the good conduct medal. Credit: ITV News Westcountry

A grandmother from Teignmouth says thieves have taken part of her family's history after stealing her father and uncle's war medals.

Sheila Robinson's home was burgled earlier this month, and when she returned, she found they were missing.

The medals were awarded to Harry price, who served in the RAF, Sheila's father, Thomas Price, who was in the Scots Guards, and William Price, who joined the Army and served in Italy.

In total seven brothers volunteered to fight during the Second World War and all returned to home at the end of the conflict.

Sheila Robinson now only has a few photographs and log books from her family's war service. Credit: ITV News Westcountry

Sheila says her "heart sank" when she discovered the medals were missing, among several other possessions.

She says they are irreplaceable to her family, and she wants them to be returned so she can pass then on to her children and grandchildren.

Sheila also hit out at the thieves, saying they should think about what the medals represent and what they mean ...

"Do you understand what they were, do you understand why you are walking free today? They are walking free, and if it hadn't been for that generation they would not be walking free. They are not replaceable, anything else is, but not these as they are a single set of medals given to an individual, they are unique to that person, so they would like them back."

Sheila Robinson
Sheila's father and his brothers all served during the Second World War. Credit: ITV News Westcountry

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If you know of the whereabouts of these medals, or have any information that can help police solve this crime, please email quoting crime reference CR/91246/17.

You can also give information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.