Sailor’s watch taken in break-in

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BURGLARS stole an engraved gold pocket watch given to a former sailor by his family for passing out from naval college.

Jak Gunter, 43, came home from work to discover that his home in Gudge Heath Lane, Fareham, had been broken into while the family were out during the day on July 27.

Several items of jewellery were taken during the break-in. Among them was a Full Hunter pocket watch, given to him when he passed out from the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth. It is engraved with the inscription ‘Congratulations Jak, from Kate, Lewis & Jenna’ on the back.

Mr Gunter, now a teacher at Warsash Maritime Academy, said: ‘They’ve left everything else untouched, TVs, DVDs, even my wife’s handbag was on the side.

‘Whether they were disturbed or not we don’t know. I’m gutted to lose the watch because it does have that sentimental value – and what use is it to anyone else with that inscription?’

Anyone with information should contact PC Samantha Gee at Fareham police station on 101 or use Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.