King’s Lynn historian bears no “bad feelings” against thieves who stole uncle’s medal

PC Stuart Fisher returns the restored WW1 medal to Dr Paul Richards.

PC Stuart Fisher returns the restored WW1 medal to Dr Paul Richards.

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A leading historian says he bears no “bad feelings” against the thieves who have been jailed for stealing his uncle’s First World War medal from a Lynn church.

The 1918 victory medal, posthumously presented to Lce Cpl Edwin Lambert, of Lynn, was stolen from All Saints’ Church in November last year.

Last week, Laura Bailey, 34, of Merchants Terrace, London Road, Lynn, was jailed for 19 months for the burglary.

While Ricky Norman, 22, also of Merchants Terrace, London Road, Lynn, was jailed for six months for receiving stolen goods.

But Dr Paul Richards, who is the nephew of Edwin, has said this is a “sad event”.

He said: “I am very sorry that the whole thing had to happen. It was a normal church exhibition and there was nothing there that should have been taken.

“I am relieved we got the medal back and it has been cleaned up by the police. I have no bad feelings against them I’m just sad it happened.”

The medal had been found shortly after the theft.

PC Stuart Fisher, who attended the first report of the burglary, had organised for the medal to be restored.

Dr Richards received the medal on behalf of his mother Evelyn.

Edwin, who had been serving in 9th Service Batallion Norfolk Regiment, was killed three weeks before the end of the First World War.