Reward of £2,000 offered as 90-year-old woman’s war medals stolen at knifepoint in Northampton

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A 90-year-old woman was threatened at knife point in her home and war medals belonging to her late husband and father were stolen.

The robbery happened between 8.30am and 9am on Sunday, December 22, in Debdale Road, Northampton.

A man wearing a face covering entered the house and, after threatening the victim, stole her treasured WW1 medals, left to her by her late father. Also stolen was a WW2 ‘Burma Star’ awarded to her late husband and engraved with the name ‘Charles Durant’.

The robber also stole:

Silver knives. Six to seven inches in length, with thick handles and rounded at the blade end, displayed in a black leather box with satin lining. All knives are solid silver and stamped.

Glass dish with solid silver lid. Six inches wide, two inches deep with the initials D.H engraved on the lid.

Silver vintage Ronson cigarette lighter. Similar shape to a large brandy glass.

Silver letter opener. Has cherubs on the handle and possibly made in Germany engraved on the blade.

Alcohol and food was also stolen.

The robber is described as being a white man, around 6ft and slim. He was between 24 and 26 years of age, wearing black clothing, a dark-coloured face covering and possibly gloves.

Detective Inspector Ally White, from Northamptonshire Police’s Criminal Investigations Department, said: “This really is a horrible incident. Not only is the victim elderly, but the callous offender has attacked her in her own home, at Christmas, and stolen things that have immense sentimental value to her.

“We are doing everything we can to catch the person responsible and re-unite the victim with her treasured medals.

“We really need the public to help by telling us if they have any information or have been approached by someone trying to sell any of the stolen items.

“Crimestoppers are offering a reward of up to £2,000 for information that leads to the successful arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible.

“We are not linking this incident to any other robbery and believe it was an isolated case. We would like to reassure people that we are doing everything possible to catch the person responsible.

“We would urge people, especially the elderly, not to open the door to anyone they do not recognise and to call the police immediately if they feel they are at risk.”

The WW1 medals left to right are: Star – Campaign medal, George medal and Victory medal.




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