A FORMER soldier is reeling after medals he earned for serving Queen and country were stolen during a break-in at his family home.


Pete Smith's Northern Ireland general service medal with a Kuwaiti clasp, a Bosnia UN medal, a Cyprus UN medal and a Queen's Silver Jubilee medal were stolen from his Rufford Avenue home, Athersley North, at about 6.25am last Sunday.

A laptop, mobile phone, car and house keys were also taken.

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Pete, 50, served in the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Anglian Regiment for 20 years after joining in 1979.

He says the medals are not particularly valuable, worth about £300 to £400 in total, but are of huge sentimental value to him.