War medals stolen in Sheffield burglary

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A HEARTBROKEN burglary victim is appealing for help to recover his late father’s prized collection of war medals.

Keith Whitehead, aged 60, was left devastated after thieves ransacked his Sheffield home and made off with 200 medals last week.

A safe which guarded the prized haul was ripped from the wall and emptied during the raid.

The collection, which belonged to his dad Alan Whitehead, dated back to the 1700s and included a medal from the Zulu war.

For Keith, of Toll Bar Road, Gleadless, the stolen goods have huge sentimental value.

He has many fond childhood memories of his father scouting for additions at fairs and sales across the country.

And as a 10-year-old boy he was pictured in The Star with his father for a feature about the collection.

He said: “These medals are irreplaceable. It’s not just them but the paperwork that goes with them, saying who they were awarded to and what war they fought in.

“They are pieces of history and whoever took them is probably going to melt them down or sell them for a £1 each at the nearest pub.

“It’s very distressing knowing someone has been in your house and done this.

“My dad even started up a club and gave talks and did slideshows. He died 10 years ago and I thought they’d be okay in my safe. I was planning on sorting through them after I retired.”

South Yorkshire Police have asked the public to lookout for anyone selling the medals, which were taken along with money, jewellery and electrical equipment.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101, quoting incident number 906 of March 1.