War hero no longer feels safe at home

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A THETFORD veteran found two war medals and £800 missing when he returned to find his home had been ransacked, a court was told.

Now the pensioner, 82, no longer feels safe where he lives.

Before Ipwwich Crown Court was Alex Peet, 18, who admitted stealing £400 but the Crown Prosecution Service accepted his plea that he had not taken other property or ransacked the home.

He was sent to a Young Offenders Institution for 15 months.

Peet was with a group of men who smashed a window to allow him to get inside the property in Newtown on February 11.

In addition, Peet pleaded guilty to other offences, including the theft of a £150 BMX bike from Stowmarket,

Richard Kelly, in mitigation, said Peet, of Ipswich, had suffered a difficult background when a child.

At a hostel he fell victim to peer pressure from ‘entrenched offenders’, said Mr Kelly and because he wanted to be accepted by the group Peet had agreed to go along with the Thetford burglary.