Runcorn war hero, 92, wins support from the community after heartless burglary

Runcorn and Widnes World: War hero Jim Duckworth War hero Jim Duckworth

THE heartless burglary of a Runcorn war hero’s home featured in last week’s World has incensed readers.

Jim Duckworth, a 92-year-old retired Royal Naval seamen was devastated to discover his Murdishaw home ransacked by intruders when he returned from his daughter’s 70th birthday party.

The local community has rallied round to offer the great-grandad help and support.

Denise Gwillym said: “This is so sad to read, all the things he’s been through in life. He shouldn’t be worried about anything now except enjoying life.

“I hope people come forward and give names.”

Billy Jones, founder of Runcorn Veterans Association, said: “I remember asking Jim’s advice when I was setting up my charity. He had launched a similar one for naval veterans and was very helpful.

“It is appalling to think burglars can target this gentleman who was prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.”

Another retired naval seaman from Widnes said: “Whoever did this to Jim should be keelhauled. That is a form of punishment meted out to sailors at sea. They were dragged under the ship’s keel.”

Anyone with information can call Cheshire Police on 101 or Crime Stoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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