War medals stolen from car

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AN investigation is under way after five First World War medals – including a Victoria Cross – were reported missing from a parked car.

They were last seen in the owner’s vehicle while it was in Bridge Road, outside the Royal Bank of Scotland branch in Colinton.

The medals are described as a Victoria Cross, a Military Cross, a 1914-15 Star with bar, a British War Medal and a Victory Medal with Oak Leaves.

They belonged to the woman’s uncle and were described as having “sentimental value”.

It is understood they went missing between Monday, July 27 and Wednesday, July 29.

Detective Constable Dougal Begg said officers were “eager” to see them returned to the owner as soon as possible.

He said: “These medals hold much sentimental value for the owner having belonged to her uncle.

“Anyone who has found these medals, or has information regarding their whereabouts, is asked to contact police immediately.”

The medals were reported missing to police on August 16.

The Victoria Cross was introduced in 1856 by Queen Victoria to recognise soldiers of the Crimean War, and is Britain’s highest military honour for bravery in combat.

Since then, the medal has been awarded 1358 times to 1355 individual recipients. Only 15 medals, 11 to members of the British Army, and four to Australian soldiers, have been awarded since the Second World War.

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