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Friday, 14 February, 2003, 10:26 GMT
Blind veteran's medals stolen
A collection of medals
The veteran does not know his medals are gone
A 103-year-old veteran of both world wars has had his war medals stolen from his home.

Percy Hamm, a former marine, is both deaf and blind.

His family has not yet told him the medals are stolen because they fear he will be devastated.

The medals were stolen some time between 1200 and 1900 GMT on Tuesday.

He always asks where his medals are and likes to where them every now and again

Paul Geary
son-in-law

The victim's son-in-law, Paul Geary, said he and his wife found the elderly man's house "in turmoil".

"He is blind and deaf, and they actually walked around him to do all this without him knowing.

"They pinched all his medals, and they are his life and soul... he always asks where his medals are and likes to wear them every now and again."

The collection includes three or four round medals and two star-shaped medals, all with ribbons.

Mr Hamm's name is engraved on some of them.

Mr Geary pleaded for the thief or thieves to return the medals through Mr Hamm's letterbox.

Leicestershire Police asked anyone who is offered suspicious medals for sale to contact officers at Beaumont Leys police station.


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