A life put on the line, but it means nothing to criminals

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It’s not unusual for the pages of The News to contain reports of crimes.

From what might be thought of as petty offences to major incidents, it’s part of our duty to tell you, the readers, what’s happening in your community.

But there are sometimes those crimes where you wonder what on earth the motivation is for these culprits.

And do they ever think about the effects of what they’re doing?

The story on page five today is just one of those examples.

Royal Marines veteran Michael Williams has told of his despair at being targeted by burglars.

Not only did they invade his space and take valuable computers, but they also took his medals – doubtless thinking they could sell them for a few pounds and without considering for a moment the hurt and distress they have left behind.

Mr Williams earned those medals by putting his life on the line across the globe for this country.

The Falklands, Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Bosnia and the first Gulf War are all part of his military service, as are long service and good conduct medals.

A lifetime captured in the form of medals, gone in a flash into the pocket of a burglar.

We can only echo Mr Williams’ sentiments when he says ‘they don’t have any feelings for the victim... it’s as if they just don’t care’.

And we know that Mr Williams is not alone in his feelings.

Many readers of The News will have fallen victim to burglars over recent years.

So while we don’t hold out much hope, we can only wish Mr Williams is reunited with his medals.

If that’s not the case, we hope that the culprit is caught and brought to justice.

And when he is, he feels the full force of the law.