Priceless pocket watch stolen

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A pocket watch which belonged to a soldier who died in World War I has been stolen in a burglary in Leigh.

Offenders smashed a window at the back of a house on Beech Walk sometime between 2pm and 3pm on Monday (May 14), and stole jewellery, watches and rings including the pocket watch that had belonged to the victim’s grandfather.

The watch is silver, on a chain approximately two to three inches wide, with the engraving ‘Royal Engineers, Flanders, France’ on the back.

Police Constable Ashton Malone based at Leigh Police Station said: “In terms of sentimental value, the item is priceless. It was given to the victim as a gift following the death of his grandfather as he fought for his country.”

Anyone with information should phone police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.