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Wounded Afghanistan soldier burgled

A soldier who was horrifically wounded while serving in Afghanistan has had his house ransacked by burglars.

Police have appealed to local criminals to help them identify those who targeted Coldstream Guardsman Lee Midgley's home in Leeds, saying "even they will be disgusted by this incident".

Lance Corporal Midgley, who nearly died when he lost both legs in a bomb blast last year, had a laptop full of his photos from Afghanistan taken along with a range of other possessions. He told The Sun: "I went out to Afghanistan to fight for these people and I come back and they take advantage. The burglars are lower than my Taliban enemies."

L/Cpl Midgley, 22, suffered devastating injuries when he was caught in the blast from a roadside improvised explosive device in Helmand in January last year.

On Wednesday, detectives from West Yorkshire Police appealed for help to find the culprits. Detective Inspector John Dexter said: "I also want to make a direct appeal to the criminal fraternity as I feel even they will be disgusted by this incident once they know who the victim is.

"I would urge anyone who knows who was involved in this crime or who knows the whereabouts of the property taken to get in touch with us, even if it's anonymously through Crimestoppers."

Mr Dexter added: "Lee has clearly already had to deal with a great deal of trauma in his life and this burglary only adds to that unnecessarily."

Police said thieves broke into the bungalow in Maple Croft, New Farnley, some time between 10.20am and 12.30pm on Monday. A large amount of property was stolen, including jewellery, a Sony Vaio laptop computer containing photos from his time in Afghanistan, a 42in Samsung television, Panasonic DVD player, Xbox games console and Sony PSP game.

A witness reported seeing a blue new-shape Seat Ibiza in Maple Croft around the time of the burglary. A partial registration was given as YC0. The vehicle contained three men and the driver was said to have a beard.

Mr Dexter said: "We want to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area, particularly anyone who saw the blue Seat Ibiza that may have been involved."

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