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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.
This emblem was among the items stolen from the home of the 86-year-old Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

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.

This is a callous offence in which an elderly man has had his home broken into and a large amount of valuable and sentimental items have been stolen from him, including his war medals.

We are committed to tackling burglary across and Avon and Somerset and will be doing all that we can to identify and apprehend the individual responsible and where possible return the stolen belongings.

– PC Emma Leadbetter, Avon and Somerset Police