Three arrests over stolen war medals following Comet appeal

THREE people have been arrested following a police appeal in last week’s Comet over the theft of hundreds of war medals.

The Comet reported how a man in Sweyns Mead, Stevenage, had war medals stolen - including three sets belonging to his grandfathers and his great grandfather - when his property was ransacked earlier this month.

Among those medals taken were the 1939-45 Star, Italy Star and Africa Star – awarded for the campaigns of World War II – and The War Medal, which was issued in recognition of general service during World War II. These medals were all awarded to a grandfather of the victim.

Medals awarded to his other grandfather for services during World War II, as well as medals awarded to his great grandfather for services during World War I, were also taken.

The total haul of medals stolen is worth more than �25,000.

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Three men were arrested on Monday in London in connection with the incident.

Kenny Walton, 23, of Coltherholme Road in Ripon, North Yorkshire, has been charged with burglary and is due to appear at Stevenage Magistrates’ Court on September 2.

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Two men from London, aged 17 and 23, were arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods and released on police bail until October 3.

A number of medals have been recovered, however some items are still outstanding.

Officers are keen to speak with anyone who may have been offered war medals for sale since the incident on Sunday, August 7, or has any information regarding their whereabouts.

Call Herts Police via the non-emergency number, 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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