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Published: 00:01, 03 September 2014 |
Updated: 10:41, 03 September 2014
Parish councillor Ian Day will attend one of the most poignant Remembrance Day services at his Minster church this year - the 100th anniversary of the First World War - without his most treasured possessions.
He had planned to honour his family by listening to the moving ceremony in November clutching the precious medals his grandfather won.
But now Mr Day, of Tothill Street, will make the sad journey empty-handed – thanks to heartless drug addict Clifford Airey.
He added: “These items were one-offs and meant an awful lot to me as they represent my family history. The items are also irreplaceable because they are unique.
“I would like the perpetrator to tell me where my items have gone. Part of my anger is the feelings of indignation and annoyance that someone has entered my home uninvited and trashed the rooms they entered.
“My feelings have gone from shock and anger to be very frustrated with the items that have been stolen. I have also felt dirty that this person was in my home.”
Mr Day told how he always went to his local church on Remembrance Sunday and “when I attend, I take my father’s and my grandfather’s medals with me in my pocket.”
The councillor added: “I am now extremely upset and emotional that when I attend the service in future, I will not have these medals in my possession. This makes me feel that I have let them down.”
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