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Man pleads for return of medal

Litia Vulaidausiga
Monday, July 28, 2014

A Nadi resident is pleading for the return of his Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) medal.

Peter Leggett (MBE) was conferred the honour by Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace in November, 1999 for extensive community service in Papua New Guinea, where he resided for about 30 years.

Now settled in Legalega, Nadi with his family, he was in Australia for medical treatment when his home was ransacked on the morning of February 9.

"There are some things that cannot be replaced," he lamented.

Numerous items were taken including electronic gadgets, jewellery, family heirlooms and military swords.

However, he said the MBE medal, which remained in its presentation box, mattered the most.

"Things like these also have no use to others."

The robbery report was lodged at the Namaka and Sabeto police stations and despite the passage of time, he continues to harbour hope for the return of his medal.

Police spokesperson Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said they were investigating the break-in.