Burglary victim found wartime medals taken

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A TEENAGE burglar and a World War Two veteran are to face each other across a courtroom as a judge decides if wartime medals were stolen during a break-in at a house in Thetford.

Alex Peet, 18, had been due to be sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court this week for a burglary at a house in Newtown, Thetford in February.

The victim, who is in his eighties, had returned to his home to find it ransacked. Some £800 in cash was missing along with three war medals.

Peet, of Anglesea Road, Ipswich, who pleaded guilty to burglary, claimed that he stole only £400 and was not responsible for the disappearance of the medals, said Richard Kelly, defending.

Judge David Goodin ruled that a hearing would need to be held to establish the extent of what was taken and that both Peet and the burglary victim would give evidence.

No date has yet been set for the hearing, but its outcome would have a major bearing on the sentence handed to Peet, said the judge.

Peet has also pleaded guilty to the theft of a pedal cycle from Stowmarket and two burglaries in Felixstowe.