Police are appealing for witnesses following a break-in and theft in South Queensferry which took place sometime between 8.45 a.m. on Sunday 20th and 2.50 p.m. on Tuesday 22nd August at an address in Wellhead Close.

When the homeowners returned they found the property had been entered and various pieces of jewellery had been stolen along with three WWI medals.

The medals, some including ribbons and some without, are all engraved and include the Victory Medal, Territorial War Medal and Territorial Force Efficiency Medal.

Detective Sergeant Keith Taylor from the Community Investigation Unit said: “The victims are absolutely devastated at the theft of these items, which hold a lot of sentimental value for them.

“As part of our inquiries we will be liaising with second-hand retailers to establish if anyone attempts to sell on medals like these, but we would also ask the public to get in touch should they become aware of someone trying to offload any such items.

“In addition, we would also urge anyone who saw any suspicious activity around Wellhead Close between Saturday morning and Tuesday afternoon to contact police immediately.”

Those with information can contact Community Investigation Unit via 101 and quote incident number 2125 of the 22nd August. Alternatively, an anonymous report can be made to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.