War medals and large amount of jewellery stolen from the home of an 86-year-old man in Nailsea

War medals and jewellery worth thousands of pounds have been stolen from the home of an 86-year-old man in Nailsea.

Raiders smashed their way into his home in Vynes Way on Monday evening (January 20) and escaped with the haul.

Police have released details of the medals stolen and are asking for public help to try and find them.

They included:

  • Two Victorian naval silver long service medals - one of which has “Chief Steward Winfield” engraved on the rim.

  • A silver china medal with “Luck now” relief bar on the ribbon.

  • An Egypt medal bar with “Alexandria 1881”, and a George V 'Good Conduct' and 'Long Service' silver medal.

A significant amount of jewellery was also stolen in the burglary. They included wedding rings, necklaces, bracelets, pearls, cufflinks and broaches. An Omega watch, silver cutlery and numerous old pound/shilling notes were also stolen.

Police are appealing for witnesses who may have seen anything on Monday evening.

One eyewitness reported seeing an unknown man in the front room of the property at around 6.30pm.

Police are asking for people to contact them if they see any of the stolen items for sale on the internet, and are also appealing for people working in antique shops and pawnbrokers to contact them if they see anything suspicious.