‘Heartbreak’ as war medals are stolen

A 1939-45 Star awarded to those who served in World War Two
A 1939-45 Star awarded to those who served in World War Two

DEVOTED son Alan Robinson says he has been left “heartbroken” after thieves stole his late father’s war medals.

The Second World War service medals – left to him by his dad Walter, who died in 1979 – were taken in a burglary at the family home in Crewe Road, Airedale, just four days before Christmas.

The thieves ransacked the house and also took Mr Robinson’s parents’ wedding rings, his dad’s two German secret service daggers, a sovereign ring and £300 put aside to buy Christmas presents.

Mr Robinson said: “I’m heartbroken. It’s like a death in the family.

“I am not bothered about the money – it’s my dad’s medals I want back.

“They’re worthless to whoever took them but they are of great sentimental value to me.”

Walter Robinson was a sergeant in the Royal Artillery during the Second World War and received the medals, including the 1939-1945 Star, for his service.

Alan Robinson, a council worker, said thieves broke into the house on December 21 some time between 6.30am and 3.15pm, after throwing a brick through the living room window.

He added: “When I got home from work there was a brick on the living room floor, a sideboard had been turned upside down and the house had been ransacked.

“It looked as though they had tried to get in using a crowbar but had failed.

“It took me and my partner more than eight hours to clean up all the mess. I had just withdrawn cash so I could buy Christmas presents, that was the only reason there was any money in the house. It certainly took the edge off Christmas.”

Mr Robinson added: “It has left me extremely frightened, I think whoever did it has been watching me.

“I am scared to go out when it’s dark. As soon as I come home I check the alarm.

“If I am in at night on my own and I hear something I am straight to the window looking. I am on edge all the time now.”

Detectives are appealing for witnesses who may have seen anyone in the area around the time of the incident.

Anyone who may have been offered any of the items taken in the burglary should contact Wakefield CID on 101.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.