AN army veteran is devastated after burglars stole his army MEDALS and precious family heirlooms.

John Brook, 90, found his house ransacked and treasured jewellery and army memorabilia missing.

The veteran, of Weston-super-Mare, said: "The thieves came through a fire exit door which leads into the building to get in. They left quite a mess.

"When I returned home after celebrating a Mother's Day meal with my partner and her family, I found the jewellery had been taken from my back bedroom.

"Someone must have been watching us to know what was in the house worth stealing.

"I cannot replace the jewellery's sentimental value, and to steal from a man, a fellow citizen - it's criminal," John added.

Four army service medals were snatched from his home, as well as approximately 15 pieces of jewellery, some of which belonged to John's late mother, father and grandfather.

Father-of-two John moved to Weston-super-Mare four years ago from Bradford, West Yorks., for "a quiet life".

He previously lived in Australia for more than 40 years and spent 15 of those at Norfolk Island, in the South Pacific, where he brought up his two children, Miamiti and Sia.

The nonagenarian says he now fears the thieves will return.

He said: "They stole my jewellery to probably buy drugs and took a risk breaking into my house.

"I think they will come back, because they get confident after a successful haul.

"People are so desperate. Think of how much those responsible can achieve when they put their minds to something else, instead of funding their habit.

"Weston is such a beautiful town, it's just a shame we have people who ruin it," he added.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary has launched an appeal to find the missing items.

A force spokesman said: "We are investigating a burglary which happened between 7-10pm on April 6, in the Loxton Road area.

"Two gold Loyal watches, a cross pendant and chain including two silver coins and a selection of rings were taken.

"A silver bracelet and Black Fossil watch, four army service medals, a gold and silver chain including jewellery boxes were also stolen.

"We are asking second-hand shops and jewellers to be vigilant, and those offered these items should contact us on 101, quoting reference number 5219075203."