Disabled man from Littleport is left “completely gutted” after thieves break into his home, stealing medals and medication

PUBLISHED: 11:48 27 October 2016 | UPDATED: 11:48 27 October 2016

Lance Walker

Lance Walker

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A Littleport man who is disabled from combat in Afghanistan has been left “completely gutted” after thieves broke into his home and stole medals and medication.

A Northern Ireland General Service Medal, the Iraq General Service Medal and a Afghanistan General Service Medal were among items stolen from a house in Hitches Street, Littleport on SaturdayA Northern Ireland General Service Medal, the Iraq General Service Medal and a Afghanistan General Service Medal were among items stolen from a house in Hitches Street, Littleport on Saturday

Lance Walker, who also suffers from depression and post traumatic stress disorder, was at his partner’s when the burglary happened.

“I’m completely gutted that someone would take these specific items,” said the 33-year-old.

“They targeted these things specifically, because they left my gaming computer and television untouched.”

Among the items stolen from his house on Hitches Street was a Northern Ireland General Service medal, an Iraq General Service medal and an Afghanistan General Service medal.

A combat survival knife was also taken, as well as an ornamental axe and two regimental head dresses - from the Royal Anglican Regiment and the Royal Signals Regiment.

“I’m just completely shocked that someone would take things that mean so much to someone,” he added.

“I don’t care about anything else. All I want back is my medals.

“They can’t really do anything with them; you can’t sell them because the Ministry of Defence will be hot on your heels – they have their own people who monitor all the selling websites.

“They also took my partner’s son’s mobile phone, which was charging on my bed – it wasn’t even an expensive one.”

Mr Walker, who has only partial mobility in one of his legs, said: “I stupidly left my door open for my friends to come and check on my dog.”

His partner Rachel Johnson said: “Lance is a very trusting person. I just hope it’s not someone who knew Lance as it seems targeted.”

Detective Constable Mark Beaven said: “Aside from the obvious value of the items, there is a huge personal value that cannot be stated in terms of money.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101.


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