A SET of ‘irreplaceable’ war medals have been stolen from an Army veteran - days before he was due to attend a reunion of his Regiment.

The medals were in the boot of a car taken from the driveway on Thistleton Close, near South Park in Macclesfield.

Devastated owner Chris Emptage, who served 24 years with the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment discovered the theft as he left for work on Thursday morning.

UN non-article medal
UN Kosovo medal
UN Cyprus

The dad of one who saw action in Iraq, Afghanistan and Northern Ireland, is now appealing for the safe return of the two identical sets of nine medals, as well his late father Tony's campaign medal.

Golden Jubilee
Regimental long service and good conduct
Northern Ireland service

Without the medals Chris will not be able to parade with his regiment at its annual reunion this weekend.

The Operational Service Medal for Afghanistan
Iraq 2003 with bar
Silver Jubilee

Former staff sergeant Chris, 42, said: "I'm absolutely gutted. The medals are unique and irreplaceable as they have my name, rank and service number on them. What makes it worse is that a medal belonging to my dad, who served in the same Regiment, was taken. He died four years ago so the medal means a lot to me.

"Being the time of year with Remembrance Day I had taken them into work to show my colleagues and was allowed to wear them on Sunday. I thought they would be safe in the boot because I was planning to take them down to the Regimental reunion.

"I make a direct plea to the person or people who took my car that I just want the medals back."

The box contains a full and miniature mounted sets of Chris's medals for Regimental long service and good conduct; Iraq 2003 with bar; Afghanistan and Northern Ireland campaign medals; commemorative Silver and Golden Jubilee medals; and medals from the UN for service in Kosovo, the Balkans and Cyprus.

His late father's Suez campaign medal is also engraved with Tony's details.

Macclesfield stolen war medals: from driveway on Thistleton Close.

Chris now works for Inchcape Audi in Macclesfield. He lives with wife Gill, 47, and their 12-year-old daughter.

Police believe the thieves reached through the victim’s letterbox to steal the keys for a white Audi.

Anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the area at the time, or who has any information in relation to the whereabouts of the medals, is asked to contact Cheshire Police on 101.