Medal, cash, jewellery and safe stolen in West Hoathly

An efit of the man police wish to speak to
An efit of the man police wish to speak to

Police are appealing for witnesses after a replica OBE medal was stolen during a burglary in West Hoathly.

Between 9am and 4pm on August 6 a home in Ashurst Cottages, Highbrook Lane, was burgled and a safe, cash and jewellery was stolen.

Among the pieces of jewellery taken were gold and diamond rings, silver and pearl necklaces and a gold plated necklace with a replica medal that matched the one that was given to the victim’s grandfather when he was made an OBE.

The victim’s grandfather was Lieutenant-Colonel Harold Maldwyn Davies, who was made OBE in 1938 for his voluntary service. He served in both world wars and was the commanding officer of the 5th (Flintshire) Battalion, The Royal Welch Fusiliers, Territorial Army.

The black Phoenix 0703e safe contained personal paperwork and cash.

During the day several homes were visited by two men who asked the residents if they had seen an accident the night before during which a motorcyclist had fallen from his bike. Officers would like to speak to them. An efit of one of them has been produced.

Sussex Police launched Operation Magpie to tackle burglary across the county.

Detective Constable Oliver Summers said: “The man in the efit was seen looking into homes on the day of the burglary and generally acting suspiciously so we would like to speak to him urgently.

“If you know who or where he is, or have seen him in your area, please contact us.

“We would also like to speak to anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the area on 6 August. If you know anything at all, please get in touch with us.”

One of the men seen in the area is described as being dark skinned, stocky and 35 to 40. He was 5’ 10” and had a shaved head and black stubble. He was wearing a blue t-shirt and possibly jeans.

The second man was white, 5ft to 5’ 5” and thick built. He had short brown hair but no facial hair.

Anyone with information should email quoting serial 1228 of 06/08, call 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.