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Medals back for Remembrance Day
John James with his medals
John James said he was overwhelmed the medals were back
The stolen military medals of an Army veteran have been returned to him in time for Remembrance Day.

John James, 58, from Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, served in the Welsh Guards, including during the Falklands War.

He was decorated with three medals for active service in the Falklands, Northern Ireland and with the UN in Cyprus, but they were taken in a theft.

But South Wales Police tracked down the medals for Mr James to wear at the Remembrance Day parade on Sunday.

During his 22 years with the Welsh Guards, Mr James toured the world and was part of the Nato peace keeping force.

He was awarded three medals for his work and a silver statue for long service but all were stolen when his home was burgled.

I really am quite overwhelmed that the police were able to track them down
John James

"I didn't realise at first they had gone because I keep them hidden away," explained Mr James.

"But I was looking for the statue one day for some reason and couldn't find it and I happened to go to a local curiosity shop and was told that they had bought the statue and my medals off someone but had since sold them on.

"The next thing I knew was that South Wales Police had tracked them down to someone in Abergavenny.

"It's fantastic, I really am quite overwhelmed that the police were able to track them down.

"It's quite amazing really," he added.

Det Chief Insp Daniel Richards of South Wales Police, said: "These items are of significant personal and sentimental value to Mr James who served with his regiment with distinction for almost a quarter of a century.

"It is especially pleasing that we have been able to return his medals on this particular week - just a matter of days before Remembrance Sunday."

Police said someone had been arrested and released on police bail in connection with the medal theft.

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