An OBE medal was among the items stolen during a break-in at a home in Hilton.

A window at the back of the property was forced open sometime between 9am on October 28 and 12noon on October 30.

As well as the OBE medal, awarded to the victim by the Queen for his service to the military, a number of pieces of jewellery were taken.

They included two pairs of gold cufflinks with the initials 'HB' engraved on them, a miniature OBE medal, an analogue dress watch, a Victorian men's watch, a Mikimoto bracelet, Mikimoto earrings, a cocktail watch, Mikimoto three-drop pearl and gold pendant, Mikimoto pearl brooch, gold wings brooch, two Victorian wedding rings, diamond earrings, a diamond and sapphire locket pendant, silver and amethyst drop pendant, silver pendant with cloves knot, a silver edelweiss, mother of pearl earrings, mother of pearl bracelet and a gold bloodstone gold ring.

Detective Constable Andrew Bond said: “This is a particularly upsetting case for the victim and his wife as not only has he had his home broken into, but items of great sentiment taken.

“He would like them back as soon as possible and wants them handing into the police.

“Anyone who saw this incident happen, or who may have been offered to buy the items should get in touch with us.”

INFORMATION: Contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.