Burglars raid former Saints star’s home

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BURGLARS ransacked the home of an ex Saints star before making off with his priceless old rugby medals.

Four gold medals were stolen from Steve Peters’ Eccleston home - including the 1985 Premiership Final winner’s medal he earned while playing for Saints alongside Aussie great Mal Meninga.

Irreplaceable photos of the father-of-four’s children were also stolen in an early evening raid, along with a laptop, camcorder, watch and digital camera.

The former utility player, who also played for Warrington and Oldham in a stellar rugby career, said: “As soon as I opened the front door there was just devastation. Every single room had been trashed.

“Every drawer and cupboard had been opened, there was mess all over the floor and the childrens’ stuff had been turned upside down. My bedroom looked like somebody had thrown a bomb into it.

“The pictures of my kids and the medals can’t be replaced. They are of no use to anyone else but, to me, they’re priceless.”

Neighbours were first to raise the alarm at about 8.30pm on March 19 after noticing that the ex-Saints ace’s bedroom curtains had been drawn and the lights left on.

As well as stealing the Premiership Final winner’s medal, the burglars, believed to have gained entry via a back bedroom window, also stole two Lancashire Cup medals - one winner’s and one runners-up - and a John Player medal that Mr Peters won while playing for Warrington against Wigan.

All of the medals were in cases on display.

Photos of his three-year-old twins, Joshua and Ellie, which were in silver frames, were also taken in the raid.

The 52-year-old, who coached James Graham and James Roby at Blackbrook Royals after hanging up his boots, added: “If anybody knows who did this or has been offered any of the stolen items, please call the police.”

* Witnesses should call police on 0151 777 6038.