A widow has issued a heartfelt plea after callous thieves broke into her home and stole jewellery that was a gift from her husband.
Joyce Legg, 89, of Locks Heath, came home to find her bedroom ransacked and sentimental jewellery given by her late husband stolen along with one of his service medals.
But Mrs Legg refuses to let the thieves break her spirit – although she admits that if she caught the culprit red-handed she would have ‘had a go’.
Police are today appealing for anyone who may have seen the items or who may know what happened to them.
Mrs Legg told The News: ‘I was always taught that what you can’t change you must endure – and I have to endure this because I don’t think I’m going to get them back.
‘Of course I want them back but I have to be realistic.
‘I was angry when I discovered what they had done.
‘I’m sure I would have had a go at them if I had come back and found them – I’m a tough old bird.
‘But once it’s happened, it’s happened.
‘It’s sad that the world has become like this.’
Mrs Legg’s husband, Bill Legg, was a former Royal Marine.
One of the items stolen from Mrs Legg’s home was a medal presented to her on behalf of her husband from the Malaysian Government for all Commonwealth troops who served there, as her husband did. Mr Legg also served on board the aircraft carrier HMS Argus.
The pair lived in Copnor before moving to Andover in later life, and then returning to the area by buying a home in Locks Heath.
But Mr Legg died shortly afterwards at the age of 83.
Anyone with information about the medals or the burglary, which happened in August, should call PC James Rudge at Fareham police station on 101.
You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.