THIEVES have stolen a gold watch commemorating First World War bravery from a North-East museum.

Thieves forced a window at Blyth Battery Museum, in Northumberland, and took the pocket watch, which had been presented for gallantry during the war.

It has the inscription: “Presented to TRMr Jas Thompson, DSM by the Military Merit Committee in recognition of his gallantry in the Great European War, 21st May 1920.”

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Neighbourhood police officer Billy Mulligan said: “This is a unique watch which was proudly displayed at the town’s museum reminding local people of the bravery of servicemen.

“We want to alert people that it has been stolen so if they do see it being offered for sale they know to call police straightaway. We would like to encourage the public to share the images of the watch to help spread the word throughout our community.

“The thieves also stole a large batch of Easter eggs that had been collected for local children to enjoy during a free Easter egg hunt this weekend.

“By breaking into the Battery and stealing these items the thieves have caused a great deal of upset to local people of all ages.

“Our investigation is underway and we are asking for any witnesses to make contact.”

The theft was reported to police at 4pm on Monday, April 10.

Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting reference number 040464J/17.