The theft of a 91-year-old's medals has been branded an "absolute disgrace" by Wiltshire's police chief.

The collection of army medals and more than 50 cap badges was taken together with cash in a burglary on Newleaze, Hilperton. The victim's home was broken into overnight between 10.30pm on Thursday, May 2, and 8.30am on Friday, May 3.

Police say they have two suspects, both men, who were seen in the area at the time of the burglary. One was on foot and the other on a bike.

Chief Constable Kier Pritchard said: "This is an absolute disgrace. The sentimental value far outweighs the monetary value I’m sure."

PC Aimee Jenkins of Trowbridge police added: "The offender or offenders targeted an elderly man alone in his home and stole a number of items, including more than 50 metal cap badges which the victim had been collecting over 50 years.

"They also stole a number of medals, including a Hilperton ARP Defence Medal, a Hilperton ARP War Medal, a National Service Medal, a Cadet Forces Medal, and 12 Red Cross badges.

"We have been making enquiries with local shops and businesses, but also want to appeal to anyone who may have seen these items offered for sale."

Call Wiltshire Police on 101.