Stolen medals returned to D-Day Museum

The medals stolen and then returned to the D-Day Museum
The medals stolen and then returned to the D-Day Museum

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ORIGINAL wartime medals which were stolen from the D-Day Museum have been recovered by police.

Information obtained by police led officers to locate and recover the medals from two shops in Southsea.

Detectives say shop staff did not know the medals were stolen, and are not suspected of any crime.

The medals have been returned to the Southsea-based museum and will go back on display.

One medal is a British Empire Medal hanging from a fabric red ribbon with a thin white stripe down either side. On the front of the medal is a picture of Britannia seated and Vernon Harold Sellwood’s name is engraved along the edge.

The medal was awarded to Vernon Harold Sellwood, who was serving as a messenger in the Auxiliary Fire Service during the Second World War.

A set of four Second World War campaign medals: the 1939-1945 Star, the France and Germany Star, the Defence Medal and the War Medal have also been recovered.

These medals are unnamed and when stolen were pinned on a piece of card covered with red felt.

The medals and ribbons are all in good condition.

The medals belonged to a Normandy veteran, Harry Cripps, who served in the 1st Battalion, Hampshire Regiment and landed on Gold Beach on D-Day.

Andrew Whitmarsh, D-Day museum’s development officer, said: ‘We’re hugely relieved and pleased that these medals have been found.

‘They are of huge significance to the families that donated them to the D-Day Museum and are part of the history of the city of Portsmouth.

‘We are very grateful to everyone who has helped secure their return.’

One of the investigating officers, PC Paul Jennings, said: ‘Persistence and perseverance shown by officers from different departments enabled lines of enquiry to be pursued promptly and thoroughly.

‘We are delighted to have made the difference in this case and recovered important historic symbols of people’s sacrifice for this country.’