Chatteris woman appeals for return of medals

Joyce and David Young with the only medal which was not stolen
Joyce and David Young with the only medal which was not stolen

A woman has put out an appeal for the return of her father’s treasured First World War medals.

Joyce Young used to keep her father, Henry Stinton’s, medals in the drawer by her bed to feel close to him.

But Mrs Young and her husband David returned from holiday to find their Chatteris home had been ransacked by thieves and the medals stolen.

Mr Stinton, who died in Edmonton in 1981, served with the Royal Artillery and fought at the Battle of the Somme.

A medal awarded to his brother, Lance Cpl William Stinton, who died during the fighting, was also stolen.

Mrs Young said: “I am absolutely livid they have been stolen.

“I can’t understand it as they are not worth more than £60 – but they mean a lot to me.

“I used to keep them by my bed so I could have my father there with me.”

Thieves had smashed a window to get into the bungalow in Green Park.

Jewellery was also stolen during the raid, including a golden cross, which had been given to Mrs Young by a teenager she had looked after.

She said: “Whenever I wore that I would think of her.”

The theft had been discovered by the couple’s daughter and is thought to have happened between February 18 and 19.

Police have now launched an investigation and are appealing for witnesses.

Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting incident 203 of February 19, or contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, via crimestoppers-uk.org or on 0800 555 111.