Police in East Lothian are appealing for witnesses after a handbag was stolen from an address in East Linton last month.
The occupant of a house in Prestonkirk Gardens left her handbag within the front garden on Wednesday, August 28, before returning inside the property.
Sometime between 12pm and 4pm that day the bag was then stolen and the victim later contacted police upon realising it was missing.
Officers have since been conducting local enquiries to find the bag and trace those responsible.
As a result of further engagement, it emerged that a special £1 voucher note, which had been issued by the British Armed Forces to the woman’s late husband in 1944, had been inside the handbag and was also stolen.
The voucher is of no financial worth, but has significant financial value to the 90-year-old, having been given to her as a present upon the birth of the couple’s first child.
Anyone who comes across this item or who has information that can assist police with their enquiries is asked to come forward.
It is described as purple and lilac in colour with £1 marked on it along with words British Armed Forces. On the rear, the conditions under which the voucher can be used are printed.
A Police Spokesman said: “The elderly woman is absolutely devastated at the theft of one of her most cherished possessions and she is desperate to have the voucher returned to her.
“Anyone who has come across the note in the past couple of weeks and can help reunite it with its owner is asked to contact police immediately.
“Similarly, anyone who remembers seeing anything suspicious in the Prestonkirk Gardens area on Wednesday 28th August is also asked to get in touch.”
Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.