A silver lining in King’s Lynn war medal theft

PC Stuart Fisher presents the refurbished war medal to Dr Paul Richards  Picture: mlnf14pt11012
PC Stuart Fisher presents the refurbished war medal to Dr Paul Richards Picture: mlnf14pt11012
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Police officers organised for a war medal they recovered after a burglary at a church to be restored to its original glory.

PC Stuart Fisher was called to the break-in at All Saints Church, in Hillington Square, where the medal was being displayed as part of an exhibition.

He said: “This offence just struck a chord with all the police officers here.”

When the medal was recovered, PC Fisher and colleagues wanted to make it look better than ever. The medal has been cleaned to show its true silver colouring, a new ribbon attached and it now has a proper presentation box.

The British War Medal was awarded posthumously to Edwin Lambert, of Lynn, who was killed three weeks before the war ended.

The medal is cherished by Edwin’s sister Evelyn Richards, aged 95. Her son, Lynn historian Dr Paul Richards, received the refurbished medal on his mother’s behalf this week.

Dr Richards said: “I took it back to my mother and she was very pleased.”

Dr Richards will wear the medal at Sunday’s remembrance service in Tower Gardens, Lynn.

* Laura Bailey, 34, of London Road, Lynn, is due to be sentenced for the burglary later this month. A man has also been charged.