Fresh appeal to find stolen medals from Sheffield home

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The hunt for a collection of precious war medals has been stepped up with the offer of a £5,000 reward.

Keith Whitehead, aged 60, was left heartbroken when thieves ransacked his Sheffield home and stole 200 medals on Friday, March 1.

The collection, which originally belonged to Keith’s dad Alan Whitehead, and dated back to the 1700s, was kept in a safe which thieves ripped from the wall.

The medals, many of which are pictured above for the first time, hold huge sentimental value for Keith, of Toll Bar Road in Gleadless.

Now a £5,000 reward has been offered for the part or full recovery of the cherished collection.

Police also hope that the newly released photographs will help the public to identify any medals they may have seen or heard about.

Keith told The Star: “These medals are irreplaceable.

“It’s not just them but the paperwork that goes with them, saying who they were awarded to and what war they fought in.

“They are pieces of history and whoever took them is probably going to melt them down, or sell them for a £1 each at the nearest pub.

“It’s very distressing knowing someone has been in your house and done this.”

Keith said he had vivid childhood memories of his father scouting for additions at fairs and sales across the country - and he was even pictured in The Star as a 10-year-old boy, with his father, in a feature about the collection.

“My dad started up a club and gave talks and did slideshows,” said Keith.

“He died 10 years ago and I thought they’d be okay in my safe. I was planning on sorting through them after I retired.”

Police are asking the public to get in touch if they have any information about the whereabouts of the medals or who took them.

Anyone with information should contact South Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 906 of March 1.