Crime & the Law

90-year-old widow has husband’s World War II medals stolen

Six World War II medals have been stolen from a 90-year-old widow during a burglary at her home.

The stolen medals were awarded to the victim’s husband for acts of bravery whilst serving in the Royal Navy.

Cash was also taken in the break-in.

The Royal Navy played a crucial role in defeating Nazism during World War II, protecting the flow of food, munitions and raw materials to Britain.

Three of the stolen medals. Some of the medals have 'W ELLIS 598200' engraved on the edge.

Three of the stolen medals. Some of the medals have ‘W ELLIS 598200’ engraved on the edge. Image: Met Police.

The break-in took place in Hayes, to the west of Greater London, sometime between Sunday February 8th and Sunday February 15th.

The location of the burglary in Hayes, Greater London

The location of the burglary in Hayes, Greater London. Image: Google Maps.

Police are urging anyone with information on the burglary or anyone who is offered the medals to buy to contact them.

Detective Constable Lisa Coker from Hillingdon CID said:

The victim is understandably very distraught. These medals are a reminder of the sacrifice her husband made during the war and the brave man that he was.

Anyone with information can contact DC Coker on 020 8246 1541 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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