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Heartless burglar steals most cherished possessions of Fairlight widower
8:12am Thursday 15th August 2013 in News
A heartless burglar stole the most cherished possessions of a widower which served as a reminder of his late wife, father and sister.
Alan Sutton had the jewellery of his late wife, the war medals of his late father and the last link to his sister, who had died as a child, stolen from his home in Warren Road, Fairlight, in a burglary at the start of this month.
The thief also escaped with historic coins, a 1903 commemorative coronation medallion and a collection of autographs of some of the most famous footballers of all time including Stanley Matthews, John Charles and Nat Lofthouse.
Mr Sutton lost his wife Maggie to cancer eight years ago but he had kept some of her jewellery, including gold necklaces, her watch and a large quantity of earrings and costume necklaces which were all taken in the break-in.
Also taken were war medals of Mr Sutton's father, Herbert Sutton, a chief petty officer in the Royal Navy who served at sea for 25 years and a watch of Mr Sutton's older sister, Rene, who died aged eight after an accident in 1933.
The burglary happened between 2pm and 7pm on Saturday August 3.
Mr Sutton, 70, said: "When I have thought about what has happened I have broken down in tears.
"Things like the medals and jewellery are worth little to anyone else but are worth a fortune to me."
Detectives believe the items are likely to be sold on to collectors or second hand shops.
Anyone with information should call 101 quoting serial 1446 of August 3.
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