Woman, 76, has World War II memorabilia stolen by burglar who broke into her house as she slept on armchair

AN ELDERLY woman has had her World War II memorabilia stolen by a burglar who broke into her home while she was asleep in an armchair.

The 76-year-old victim was woken by a bang at the house in Rosemary Lane, Chatteris at about 10.45pm on Saturday.

A man had kicked out the centre panel of the front door before entering the house and going upstairs.

The woman called out to ask who the intruder was but received no answer from the man who came back down the stairs and ran past her before exiting the house.

The victim was shaken and upset and comforted by neighbours before discovering that various war memorabilia had been stolen from a tin container.


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Identification cards, ration books, photographs and a national service medal were just some of the items believed to have been taken.

The burglar is described as between 5ft 10in and 6ft and was wearing a dark coat with a hood and dark bottoms.

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Police believe the offender visited the victim’s house about two hours earlier claiming to be trick or treating but wasn’t let in.

Pc Chris Goodman, investigating, said: “This is a despicable crime by a burglar who would have know the vulnerability of the victim.

“It has had a massive impact on her and she is extremely shaken by what happened. The items stolen are of sentimental value to her.

“I would ask anyone who lives in the area to consider whether they have any information that might help our investigation and to check their front gardens and bins in case any of the property stolen has been discarded there.”

Anyone with information should contact Pc Goodman, from Chatteris neighbourhood policing team, on 0345 456 456 4.

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