Stolen World War One medals dumped by thief

Terry Hopley re-umited with some of his stolen coins and medals
Terry Hopley re-umited with some of his stolen coins and medals
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A PENSIONER has been reunited with war medals and coins stolen from his Sheffield house during a burglary when he was on holiday.

The Star reporter how Terry Hopley, aged 72, of Clover Gardens, Wincobank, returned home from a holiday in Tenerife to discover burglars had ransacked his home and daubed ‘Unlucky, Ha Ha’ on his living room wall.

They had emptied the contents of his cupboards and drawers onto the floor and stolen sentimental items including his late wife Maureen’s jewellery and his uncle’s World War One medals.

They also took a collection of watches, two TVs, a laptop and bottles of spirits.

Now Terry has been reunited with the medals after they were found dumped in a plastic bag in his neighbourhood.

They were handed in to police who contacted Terry and he identified them.

The grandfather-of-four said he was delighted to get them back - but is still desperate to have his late wife’s jewellery returned.

“The police rang to say some lads had found the medals and coins in a bag and I was able to identify them,” he said.

“It’s a result to get them back and I am grateful to whoever found them. But I want everything back, especially the jewellery for its sentimental value.”

His late wife of nearly 50 years died of bone cancer, aged 70, in 2009.

Terry has described the burglars as the ‘lowest of the low’ and ‘scum’.

PC Ian Talbot, from Ecclesfield Priority Crime Team, said: “I am appalled that someone could be callous enough to steal such items.

“The stolen possessions are irreplaceable and of huge sentimental value to the owner. I hope someone can provide the police with information regarding their whereabouts.”

n Anyone with information about the break-in should call South Yorkshire Police on 0114 220 2020 and quote incident 1,164 of September 30. Crimestoppers can also be contacted on 0800 555 111.