THIEVES have stolen a Stone ex-serviceman’s medals from a shop window display created to pay tribute to the men and women who fought for their country.
Staff and customers at the Birchall and Watson pharmacy in the High Street were devastated by the theft, which was discovered this week when the Remembrance window displays were taken down.
The medals were fixed with wire, and cutters would have been needed to remove them, said staff member Lisa Dixon.
They had been donated by her exhusband Sean Dixon, a former RAF sergeant who was on two hours’ standby to serve in Iraq during the Second Gulf War.
The Walton resident left the RAF more than five years ago after being diagnosed with the dehabilitating c o n d i - tion multiple scler o s i s ( M S ) .
The former avionics technician was an instructor at RAF Cosford for part of his 22-year service.
Mr Dixon, 45, said: “I was proud to serve and I would still be in the RAF if it wasn’t for my MS. In the RAF you instil respect in your students. If these people had a bit of respect this sort of thing wouldn’t have happened.
Staff member Linda Blackburn had used medals, photographs of Armed Forces members and newspapers from the Second World War to create the poignant window displays in the run up to Remembrance Sunday.
Ms Dixon said: “It’s unbelievable that someone would do this.” The stolen medals were mounted together and featured Mr Dixon’s name.
"They are an Air Ops Iraq medal, with a green and purple ribbon, a Queen’s Golden Jubilee medal with a red, white and blue ribbon and a Long Service and Good Conduct medal with a maroon and dark blue ribbon.