Police appeal after priceless memento stolen

Police are appealing for help after the theft of a handbag containing a voucher of great sentimental value.
Police are appealing for help after the theft of a handbag containing a voucher of great sentimental value.
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A SPECIAL £1 voucher note issued to the late husband of a pensioner by the British Armed Forces has been stolen after her handbag was snatched from her front garden.

The handbag was stolen from the garden of a house in Prestonkirk Gardens, East Linton, after the woman left it there before returning inside the property.

It was taken sometime between 12pm and 4pm on Wednesday, August 28.

A special £1 voucher note, which had been issued by the British Armed Forces to the woman’s late husband in 1944, had been inside the handbag and was also stolen.

The voucher is of no financial worth, but has significant value to the 90-year-old, having been given to her as a present upon the birth of the couple’s first child.

Anyone who comes across this item, or who has information that can assist police with their enquiries is asked to come forward.

It is described as purple and lilac in colour with £1 marked on it along with words British Armed Forces. On the rear, the conditions under which the voucher can be used are printed.

A Police Spokesman said: “The elderly woman is absolutely devastated at the theft of one of her most cherished possessions and she is desperate to have the voucher returned to her.

“Anyone who has come across the note in the past couple of weeks and can help reunite it with its owner is asked to contact police immediately.

“Similarly, anyone who remembers seeing anything suspicious in the Prestonkirk Gardens area on Wednesday 28th August is also asked to get in touch.”

Anyone with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.