WWII medals discarded after Barnstaple burglary

A veteran who fought in World War II had his service medals stolen during a burglary at his Devon home, police have said.

The man, 87, from Barnstaple, returned to his property on Sunday to find a kitchen window had been forced and seven internal doors smashed.

Police said three flat-screen televisions and the medals, which were presented for bravery, were stolen.

The World War II medals were recovered by police near the house and returned.

Some of the man's military service photographs and memorabilia had been scattered on the floor during the burglary, police said.

Det Con Noel Bourke said: "Those responsible thought nothing of stealing medals honouring his achievements but fortunately these were recovered.

"I hope that the nature of this offence will prompt people who may have information to come forward or may even prick the consciences of the offenders to hand themselves in or at the very least return the televisions."

It is thought the crime may be linked to a burglary at a neighbouring property, in which a garden shed was entered and fishing rods, a mountain bike and Bosch chainsaw were stolen.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the police.

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