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Penarth War veteran reunited with his medals 12 months after they were stolen from his home


A war veteran has been reunited with his medals 12 months after they were stolen from his house in Penarth.

The 83-year-old former 2nd Lieutenant, who served with the Welsh Borderers was unaware his General Service Medal with clasp Malaya, had been taken during a burglary at his Penarth home in May 2020.

It was only when an off-duty police officer recently noticed them for sale at an antique market and contacted the gentleman that he realised the medals were missing from a bedroom drawer.

Due to the Covid-19 lockdown he had not worn them for Remembrance Sunday and mistakenly believed only a laptop and money had been stolen during the burglary.

In a statement a spokesperson for South Wales Police said “We were delighted to return the stolen medals back to their owner at the weekend.”

A 50-year-old man from Butetown in Cardiff is serving a three-year prison sentence for the burglary.

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