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The gold watch and four early medals taken from Heart of Midlothian FC during maintenance work on the stadium.

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Maintenance work was being carried out at Tynecastle Stadium, home of the Edinburgh club also known as Hearts, when a display cabinet was forced open probably between 8am and 4.30pm on Wednesday, August 7, and the alarm was then raised by a glass cleaner who noticed the items were missing.

Following inquiries, it is understood workers at the stadium noticed a suspicious looking man on the Wednesday, around the time when the items are believed to be have been taken. He is described as white, aged 40-45, 5ft 9in tall, medium build, short ginger hair, clean-shaven, wearing a dark bomber jacket and dark trousers.

The four missing items are: an 18ct gold pocket watch; Scottish Football League Championship Winner's medal 1896-97, won by James Mirk; a winner's medal 1894-95 won by George Scott; a Victory Cup Final runners-up medal from 1919, awarded to Bob Mercer; and a Victory medal awarded posthumously to Harry Wattie who was killed in action during the Battle of the Somme in 1916.

A club spokesman said many of them were family heirlooms that had been donated.

Anyone with any information should contact Police Scotland on 101, or make an anonymous report through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.