Ap­peal after po­lice seize medals

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD HALF MARATHON -

PO­LICE want to trace the own­ers of the army medals and rib­bons which they be­lieve had been stolen.

Of­fi­cers re­cov­ered a metal tin con­tain­ing three mil­i­tary medals, five badges, a brooch and a but­ton. The of­fi­cers launched an ap­peal to track down the right­ful own­ers of the items.

They were seized after a man was ar­rested in con­nec­tion with another mat­ter. PC Chris Howard, from Mac­cles­field Neigh­bour­hood Polic­ing Unit, said: “We know the medals are stolen and want to find out who they be­long to. They all look like mil­i­tary items and some­one must be miss­ing them.

“They may be pre­cious to some­one. The own­ers may have earned them, or in­her­ited them or they could be part of some­one’s col­lec­tion. Ei­ther way we want to re­unite the medals with the owner soon.”

Al­lan Wil­liams, who is chair­man of Mac­cles­field Royal Bri­tish Le­gion, said the medals look like new ‘mess medals’, smaller medals which are worn by sol­diers for func­tions and events. He said: “They are mod­ern minia­ture medals, from cam­paigns in Afghanistan and Iraq.

“There are also cur­rent uni­form badges con­nected to Air­borne forces, those sol­diers who deal with air war­fare, like the para­chute reg­i­ment.

“I’m more fa­mil­iar with medals from the two world wars, but I do recog­nise th­ese as be­ing real medals for new con­flicts.

“They will cer­tainly be very im­por­tant to who­ever owns them. I hope the owner can be found.”

Call po­lice on 101 with in­for­ma­tion to help the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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