Police appeal after theft from National Trust property

Police appeal after theft.

Police appeal after theft.

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Police are appealing for information following the theft of high value artefacts from a popular National Trust property across the border in Surrey.

The antiques, worth thousands of pounds, were stolen from Polesden Lacey House, in Great Bookham near Dorking, between 3.50pm on Thursday, November 17 and 3.50pm on Saturday, November 19.

The stolen items include a distinctive turquoise Persian plate painted with black foliage and a silver knife and fork with Mother of Pearl handles. The cutlery is also engraved with H&SEP.

PC Liam Wilson, investigating, said: “The stolen artefacts are very distinctive and given the fairly unique nature and niche market for selling them on we are appealing to anyone in the trade who may have been offered the items for sale to contact police. Similarly, anyone who sees the items for sale in an antique dealer’s window or have spotted them online should get in touch.

“Someone will know who is responsible for the theft and I urge them to do the right thing and share this information with us so that these artefacts can be returned to their rightful home and continue to be enjoyed by members of the public.

“Any recent visitors to Polesden Lacey House who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously should also call police - any information however small it may seem could also help bring those responsible to justice.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Surrey Police on 101 quoting reference 45160102489 or use the online reporting system found at https://my.surrey.police.uk/splonlinereportingweb.

Alternatively the independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.