BURGLARS have stolen a collection of 10,000 stamps from the home of a 95-year-old man, leaving him mourning the loss of his "life's work".
West Midlands Police said the collection, amassed since the 1930s, was stolen during a break-in in the Sharman's Cross area of Solihull between January 17 and 20.
The victim, who was enjoying a short break away, does not want to be named but is known to have collected stamps since he was a schoolboy.
His collection includes six albums containing British First Day Covers and around 4,000 unused stamps from the 1970s.
Detective Constable Lucinda Wilson, of Solihull CID, said: "We've made inquiries with local dealers and antiques stores and are particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have been offered all or part of the collection for sale.
"There are thousands of stamps in the collection but it's not worth a vast amount of money and, of course, there's a very limited market available for those responsible to try and sell them on.
"The victim is truly devastated at losing his stamp albums so we're also asking the people who took them to do the decent thing and return them."
A gold Rolex watch was also taken by the burglars who broke into the property through a patio door.