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Kelly in Crimewatch medals appeal

A Commonwealth Games gold medal winner has made an appeal on BBC1's Crimewatch after her medals were stolen from her home.

Former heptathlete Kelly Sotherton told how burglars broke into the lower floor of her home in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, last month, taking more than a dozen medals and other personal items.

The thieves broke into the 38-year-old's house between 10.30pm on February 17 and 7.30am on February 18 by forcing open a rear door.

Tonight, the British heptathlete appealed for help to get the gold medal which she won at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games back safely.

She said: "The fact that someone could come into our house while we were asleep and touch our personal possessions and knowing that we were upstairs is creepy.

"My Commonwealth gold medal was my first international medal. When I look back at it now I'm proud of myself and I know it's something that I'm never ever going to achieve again.

"These medals aren't really gold. It's just the value and the effort you put into get it.

"It's the sentimental reason why I want it back."

Sotherton's gold medal was stolen along with nine "AAA" British medals and around six gold Island Games medals.

Sotherton and her family, who were asleep at the time of the burglary, discovered that various electronic and personal items, including an Apple Mac computer, an iPad mini, an iPod nano, Ralph Lauren prescription glasses, Dr Dre wireless headphones and a Beats speaker, had been taken.

Detectives investigating the burglary believe the thieves may have broken in to search for keys to an Audi car parked outside.

Sotherton retired from competition in 2012.

Anyone who has been offered the medals or other stolen goods is urged to call Birmingham North Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


From Belfast Telegraph