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Police release images of medals following burglary in Elgar's Birthplace, Lower Broadheath, Worcester.

Police have released images of medals and a signed photo of Elgar that are described as nationally important by staff at The Firs, Elgar's birthplace, in Lower Broadheath in Worcester that is managed by the National Trust.

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Pictured (above) (left) Order of Merit medal and (right) signed photograph of Elgar

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The Grand Cross of The Royal Victorian Order (GCVO) that was awarded to Elgar for becoming a knight, (left) Breast Star and (right) accompanying Badge with Sash.


At around 1.45am on Thursday 27 June 2019 an unknown perpetrator(s) gained access to the cottage at The Firs, Elgar's Birthplace. There was an untidy search of the premises and the medals and picture taken.

Local Response PC Nick Garth said: "I'd like to speak to anyone who may have seen or heard anything in the early hours of Thursday 27 June in Lower Broadheath in the area of the National trust property - The Firs, Elgar's Birthplace. We are currently investigating this burglary and appealing to the community to get in touch with any information they may have to help us with our investigation.

He continued: "The medals and the signed photograph are of high value to the National Trust and we are appealing for any information relating to their whereabouts."

Michael Smith, National Trust General Manager for the South Worcestershire Portfolio said: "What has happened is very upsetting. The items that have been taken are key elements of our display and are of national significance. It is of paramount importance that we get these returned, they are irreplaceable."

If anyone has any information regarding this burglary or the whereabouts of the items please call 101 quoting 22/58084/19. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Issued: 3pm, 03072019, MC, Corporate Communications

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Published 03/07/19