Wartime medals stolen in Bromley day before parade

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Image caption This WW2 medal was in a box with a letter signed by the Queen, police said

War medals belonging to a veteran were stolen from a house in a burglary the day before Remembrance Sunday.

A thief broke into the home of an 82-year-old woman and took the medals belonging to her late father, police said.

She regularly wore the medals to Remembrance Day parades and has been left "distraught" by the robbery.

The medals - two from World War One and one from World War Two - were taken from Shoreham Way, Bromley on Saturday.

It happened between 13:00 and 15:00 GMT, police said.

The WW2 medal was in a small box with a letter personally signed by the Queen.

At least one of the medals was engraved with the name H. A. SYMS around the edge.

The pensioner's father was awarded the World War One medals after he was very badly wounded.

Det Con Claire White, from Bromley Police Burglary Squad, said: "The victim is understandably very distraught that her father's medals have been taken as they mean so much to her."

No arrests have yet been made.

Anyone who has been offered the medals has been urged to contact police.

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