A BURSLEDON man has been arrested on suspicion of burglary after more than £1,000 of war memorabilia was allegedly stolen from a man in his 90s.

The victim had the items stolen from his address on March 26.

Police say a man went to the elderly man’s home in Sholing Road, between 12pm and 1.30pm, to buy some jewellery after a leaflet was put through the victim’s letterbox.

Genuine WWII German memorabilia, including an officer’s cap and various uniform badges were then allegedly stolen from the address.

Following an appeal for witnesses from the police, which included CCTV footage, a 59-year-old man from Bursledon was arrested yesterday on suspicion of burglary.

Cllr Alex Houghton of the Peartree Ward, said: “I am saddened to hear about this incident which will no doubt shock the local community.

“In the areas of Itchen and Merry Oak there is a strong community where people care about their neighbours and I’m sure they will be angry that this criminal has stolen possessions which mean so much to this gentleman.

“This may well be a one off but the criminal needs to be caught to prevent them taking advantage of anyone else as clearly they have no scruples.

“It is also important for people in this area to know that the police are investigating this and for anyone who knows anything to report this."

Anyone with information can call 101 quoting 44190105297.