Brit expat couple lose military medals and jewellery to Costa del Sol thieves

Published:  13 Apr at 6 PM
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A British expat war hero devastated by the loss of his war medals to Spanish thieves is asking local people to let the police know if they spot the medals.

David Russell captained HMS Sheffield during the Gulf War, served in the Falklands War and was also active during the Northern Ireland conflict. He and his wife Sally, formerly a well-known British model, had emigrated to Manilva on the Costa del Sol to enjoy a well-deserved retirement.

The couple were away from their home for just three hours, during which time burglars entered the house, blew the safe and made off with David’s military medals and a huge haul of valuable jewellery belonging to Sally as well as several cameras. The stolen jewel
lery alone has been valued at around £50,000.

Sally is heartbroken at the loss of her jewellery, as several pieces were family heirlooms passed down by her father, who was a friend of Winston Churchill and a former BBC wartime director. Her father’s pocket watch was of great sentimental value to her, and a stunning sapphire encrusted bracelet was given to her at her christening by Churchill.

She told the Olive Press she’d collected jewellery for many years, but the loss of those two items was especially heartbreaking and sickening due to their priceless sentimental value.
According to David, it’s the same with his medals – it’s not about their value, its about their significance to him. The thieves stole his Gulf War Medal, his Northern Ireland General Service medal and also a Queens’ Jubilee medal.

As a long-term, dedicated military man, they were priceless to him, and he’s asking expat residents in the town to keep a look out for them at local car boot fairs as well as online sales sites. He told reporters he feels sick to his stomach knowing his medals are somewhere in the area.

Source: Olive Press
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