Cherished medal presented by Prince Harry is returned to former Burnley soldier almost two years after it was stolen in daylight raid

A former soldier was left speechless after a cherished medal, presented to him by Prince Harry during a 10 year career with the army, was returned to him...almost two years after it was stolen from his home.

Monday, 19th October 2020, 3:45 pm

Adam Bancroft joined the armed forces when he was just 17 and was posted to Afghanistan where he was an airborne physical training instructor. He celebrated his 19th birthday on active service for his country.

He was presented with the Operational Service Medal by the prince, who was also serving in Afghanistan at the time, in 2010.

The treasured medal was among a haul of items stolen from the home in Colne Adam shares with his mum and brother during a daylight raid in January last year.

Former soldier Adam Bancroft was stunned when medals he received, while serving with the army, were returned to him almost two years after they were stolen.

A Queen's Jubilee medal for long service that was presented to Adam was also taken.

Adam said: "The medals were posted through the front door and when I realised what they were I could not believe it.

" They were a bit dirty but apart from that absolutely fine."

Along with the medals the raiders stole jewellery, designer clothes and accessories and electrical items including an Xbox and PS4.

Adam during his army career

Adam, who is originally from Harle Syke in Burnley, also served in Cyprus and Belize during his army career.

He added: "There are a lot of memories attached to the medals which are made even more significant as one of them was presented by Prince Harry.

"It is amazing to have them back."

Adam when he was serving in the Helmand Province, Afghanistan