Cruel thieves steal precious medals from uniform

‘Scum’ – that is the damning verdict of a Warkworth woman after heartless thieves stole medals from her late father’s military uniform, which was on display in a cathedral.

Ann Burke has hit out at those responsible for snatching the six decorations from James Pickering Thompson’s Coldstream Guards’ tunic.

The sickening incident happened on Thursday, while the jacket was on show at St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle, during a flower festival to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Ann, 62, who owns 42 Queen Street in Amble, said: “It is horrendous. I am gutted.

“These people are despicable.”

Her father served with the Coldstream Guards during the Second World War and earned the rank of sergeant.

The stolen decorations were Palestine, North Africa campaign and General Service medals.

He wore the tunic at the door of Westminster Abbey for George XI’s Coronation.

Mr Thompson was a former publican in Warkworth. He died two years ago, aged 92. Anyone with information about the theft should call police on 101 ext 69191.