'DISTINCTIVE' war medals have been stolen in a burglary near Wallingford, police say.

The items, described by police as German and of 'significant sentimental value', were taken from Reading Road, Cholsey, between 11.15am and 2.45pm on Wednesday.

The incident also saw alcohol, jewellery and credit cards stolen, with the victim’s cards used that day, between 2.45pm and 4.30pm in Tilehurst.

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Police are hunting a small silver car and 6ft white man of medium build with fair hair.

Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Frankie Jarvis, based at Abingdon police station, said: “I am appealing for anyone who recognises these distinctive medals that are of significant sentimental value to the victims. Please help us in keeping an eye out for these on any buying and selling sites, car boot sales and second-hand shops.

“Equally if you saw or heard anything you feel to be suspicious in the Cholsey area on Wednesday lunchtime please get in touch as your information may be vital to our investigation. I am particularly keen to hear from anyone with dash-cam footage from between 1pm and 1.30pm in the area on 10 July.

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“I would especially like to speak to a man who was seen in the area around the time of the offence who may have vital information about this offence. He is described as a white man aged in his late twenties or early thirties. He is around 6ft tall, of a medium build with fair hair. He was wearing light coloured clothing and had tattoos on his arms.

“I also believe that a small silver car was seen in the area at the time so if you can help us with this line of enquiry then please get in touch.

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“You can contact us using our online form or by calling 101, quoting reference number 43190209835. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously online or by calling 0800 555 111.”