Hammers offer £5k to help find Ken Brown’s medals

West Ham United are offering a £5,000 reward to anyone that helps locate Ken Brown’s stolen medals
West Ham United are offering a £5,000 reward to any individual that provides information leading to the arrest and the conviction of the criminals responsible for the break-in at former Hammer Ken Brown’s house.

The legendary defender returned home from a short break on Friday to find thieves had broken into his house and stolen his treasured winners’ medals from the FA Cup and European Cup Winners’ Cup, which he earned during his time at West Ham.

Police in Great Yarmouth are currently investigating the burglary, which occurred sometime between Wednesday 29 April at 6.15am and Friday 1 May at 12.30am. Also stolen were a set of Winston Churchill gold medals, a woman’s Modavo watch, jewellery and cash.

In a statement, West Ham United Joint-Chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold said: “We were devastated to hear about this break-in at Ken Brown’s house so we wanted to do what we could to help catch those responsible.

“The theft of his winners’ medals is all the more poignant as we are marking 50 years since Ken and his team-mates lifted the European Cup Winners’ Cup on the greatest night in our Club’s history.

“We would urge anyone with any information to contact the police so we can get these items back where they belong as soon as possible.”

Speaking of the break-in, Ken said: "I had such a great time with both Norwich City and West Ham United and feel a huge amount of pride when I look back at my medals and to think that someone has entered my home and taken them hurts me a lot.

 "To me it’s the sentimental value of what’s been taken that matters more. I have grandchildren who play football and I love being able to show them the medals when they come and visit. They won’t like to see their granddad upset but unfortunately that’s how I feel at the moment.

"My wife and I feel violated that someone could take items of such personal significance and I can only hope those responsible for doing this can see how pointless it is to take something that has no value to them and such great value to us.”

Anyone with information should contact DC Matthew Jenkins at Great Yarmouth CID on 101, or Crime-stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.