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7 May 2015, 07:45
A £5,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the conviction of those responsible for stealing medals from former Canaries boss Ken Brown.
The home of 81 year old Ken Brown, who managed the Canaries between 1980 and 1987, was broken into sometime between 6.15am on Wednesday (29 April) and 12.30am today (1st May).
A variety of items, including the 1985 Milk Cup winner's medal he won as Norwich City manager, were taken. In addition, the suspect(s) also stole four other football medals, including a 1964 FA Cup winner's medal and 1965 European Cup winner's medal that he won as a player while at West Ham United.
Also stolen from the address were a set of Winston Churchill gold medals, a Modavo ladies' watch, various items of jewellery and cash.
Ken said: "I had such a great time with both Norwich City and West Ham United and feel a huge amount of pride when I look back at my medals and to think that someone has entered my home and taken them hurts me a lot.
"To me it's the sentimental value of what's been taken that matters more. I have grandchildren who play football and I love being able to show them the medals when they come and visit. They won't like to see their granddad upset but unfortunately that's how I feel at the moment.
"My wife and I feel violated that someone could take items of such personal significance and I can only hope those responsible for doing this can see how pointless it is to take something that has no value to them and such great value to us."
In a statement, West Ham United Joint-Chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold said: “We were devastated to hear about this break-in at Ken Brown’s house so we wanted to do what we could to help catch those responsible.
“The theft of his winners’ medals is all the more poignant as we are marking 50 years since Ken and his team-mates lifted the European Cup Winners’ Cup on the greatest night in our Club’s history.
“We would urge anyone with any information to contact the police so we can get these items back where they belong as soon as possible.”
Police want anyone with information or who thinks they may have come into contact with any of the stolen items to contact DC Matthew Jenkins at Great Yarmouth CID on 101, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Hear Ken speaking to Heart about the break-in here: