December 11 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, October 12, 2013
A crook ripped a valuable service medal off the jacket of a 79-year-old man at Clacton-on-Sea pier.
Police are appealing for witnesses after a General Service Canal Zone medal, issued for service between 1951-1955, was stolen at around 10.30am on Sunday, September 15.
The offender blocked the path of the man and started “frantically waving his arms” moments before the theft, an Essex Police spokesman said.
The victim was then pushed before the thief grabbed the medal from his jacket and fled.
Investigating officer, Pc Jamie Solomons, said: “We are appealing for anyone who can recall seeing this interaction between the two men on the pier last month but equally importantly anyone who has seen this medal or been offered it in unusual circumstances.”
The medal is described as gold, around 3cms in diameter, has the Queen’s head on one side and has a green and purple ribbon attached to it.
Witnesses or people with information relating to this incident are urged to call police on 101.