Bogus callers steal First World War medals from Clavering home

The two medals stolen from Pelham Road

The two medals stolen from Pelham Road - Credit: Archant

Two First World War medals have been stolen from an elderly couple’s home after thieves tricked their way inside the house.

Two men claiming to be from the ‘water board’ knocked on their door in Pelham Road, Clavering, at 7.20pm on Friday, July 31.

They claimed they were doing work in the street and needed to ensure the water supply had been turned off.

Dc Red Leeson, of Braintree CID, said: “One kept the couple distracted while the other searched their bedrooms. The pair then left and the victims later discovered the two medals were missing.

“One is a Royal Engineers Pioneer Corp British War Medal, and the other is a Royal Engineers Pioneer Corp British Victory Medal. Both are engraved with the name ‘John Seaney’ around the rims.

“The victims are extremely upset about what has happened and I am appealing for anyone who saw two men acting suspiciously in the area at the time, or has been offered the medals for sale, to please get in touch.”

Anyone with information can call Dc Leeson on 101. Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or

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Essex Police have issued the following advice regarding bogus callers:

Bogus callers are creative and their reasons for needing entry into your home can seem plausible, but be cautious.

Representatives from water, gas and electric companies are unlikely to call at your home without an appointment.

Always be sure the caller is who they say they are before letting them in. All genuine callers will have identification and will not mind you asking to see it. Always check it carefully. If you are not sure, ask them to come back another day.

If you do not want callers in your home, tell them. If they fail to listen, contact police. Do not be pressured into letting someone into your home if you have suspicions.

Think about installing a door chain and use it. Keep the door on the chain until you have seen identification. Do not leave the door open and unattended.

Remember to lock the back door before opening the front door.