Burglary at war hero's family home

Burglars have ransacked the family home of a Chorley soldier who was killed in Afghanistan, and stolen precious keepsakes

Devastated Annette Markland has branded the people responsible 'rotten to the core' after they stole a gold cap badge and wrist rank that belonged to her only son David, 36.

To make it worse, they raided her Euxton home just days before the first anniversary of his death.

The Warrant Officer, described as a 'true legend' and 'a bear of a man', died while clearing routes of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in Helmand Province.

Annette had kept the gold regimental badges on top of a bible next to an urn containing David's ashes, and a large photograph of him smiling.

They also raided another bedroom, and stole gifts that David and his sister Lorra had bought their grandmother, and jewellery belonging to her husband Barry, who died in 1999.

Devastated Annette, 59, said: "The people who have done this are scum – absolute scum of the earth."

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