Medals stolen from British Army Hero
Published on 16 January 2019
British Army hero devastated as war medals STOLEN by heartless thieves
A WAR HERO soldier who served in the British Army for over 25 years had his medals stolen while on holiday, and is offering a reward for their return.
Lee Allen has served in some of the worlds most dangerous conflict zones in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia and Northern Island and received medals for his loyal service. After returning from holiday with his partner Zoe Wyrko, the couple found their house in Melton, Suffolk broken into with the medals and other sentimental items stolen. Ms Wyrko told LeicestershireLive the couple are offering a reward for the medals return, which hold huge value to Mr Allen.
Ms Wyrko said: “Lee has been in the Army since 1992 and served with the famous Royal Lancers for 25 years.
“He saw action in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia and also served in Northern Ireland during the troubles.
“The medals have no monetary value as such but have enormous sentimental and emotional value for Lee.”
Six medals were stolen including the Bosnia Medal, the Northern Island Medal, the Iraq Medal, The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Army Long Service Good Conduct Medal.
Miss Wyrko said: “Regardless of whatever people may think of the British Army’s involvement in some conflict overseas, he is extremely proud of his career and has been a loyal servant of his county in some of the world’s most dangerous places.”
The medals were kept alongside Mr Allen’s granddad’s military service papers, which were also taken.
Ms Wyrko said: “His medals can be reissued but they won’t include his name and service number.”
“His granddad’s military service papers are also irreplaceable - they’re of no use to anyone really.”
Ms Wyrko said laptops, a watch and tools were taken with the thieves turning everything upside down in the property.
She added: “We just feel really angry. It’s very upsetting. How dare someone take his medals. How could someone do this. They mean so much to him.
“I would ask anyone who comes across these medals to get in touch with the police.”
Mr Allen is a Warrant Officer with the 1 Military Working Dog Regiment at St George’s Barracks.
He has had this role for three years after a 25 year career with the Royal Lancers cavalry regiment.
Mr Allen served there as a staff sergeant, which is the highest rank for a noncommissioned officer in the army.
A spokesman for Leicestershire Police confirmed they are investigating the burglary in Melton.
The spokesman said: “Last Tuesday, January 8, we received a report of a burglary at an address in Horse Field View, Melton.
“Officers attended and were informed that the occupants of the property were away at the time. It’s since been established that a number of military medals and two laptops were taken.”
“Inquiries are ongoing and no arrests have been made.”