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Stamp collection stolen from Solihull man

A collection of 10,000 stamps described as a "life's work" has been stolen from the home of a 95-year-old man.

The man, who does not want to be named, was away when it happened in the Sharman's Cross area of Solihull.

The collection, which he started as a schoolboy, includes British first-day covers and around 4,000 unused stamps from the 1970s.

West Midlands Police said it was not worth a "vast amount of money" but the victim was "devastated".

The collection, along with a gold Rolex watch, was stolen during a break-in between 17 and 20 January, police said.

Det Con Lucinda Wilson said: "We've made inquiries with local dealers and antiques stores and are particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have been offered all or part of the collection for sale.

"There are thousands of stamps in the collection but it's not worth a vast amount of money and, of course, there's a very limited market available for those responsible to try and sell them on.

"The victim is truly devastated at losing his stamp albums so we're also asking the people who took them to do the decent thing and return them."

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