War medals stolen in raid on Eastbourne’s Redoubt Museum

POLICE are appealing for witnesses to a break-in at the Redoubt Fortress and Military Museum when precious medals were stolen.

The theft happened at 11pm last night when the museum and fortress on Royal Parade was broken into and display cabinets were forced open. A number of war artefacts were stolen which are valued at more than £16,000.

The items taken include a brass bugle with Russian double-headed eagle, a collection of 12 medals awarded to General Sir John Hackett, a silver cigarette box, and numerous medals including an Iraq medal and a Queen Elizabeth Cross.

Detective Constable Helen Upton said: “The items stolen are identifiable and are of historical importance therefore their safe return is imperative.

“These items are very distinctive so we ask for anyone who sees any items on sale or are offered anything which resemble them to get in touch as soon as possible.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting serial 292 of 04/07 or alternatively call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111