Lord & Lady March Jewellery Theft
Appeal after thousands of pounds worth of jewellery is stolen from Goodwood House, near Chichester.
Police investigating a break in at Goodwood House, near Chichester, are making a nationwide appeal in a bid for information and to trace stolen jewellery.
Historic heirlooms, including a diamond tiara, diamond necklaces and several high-value watches, worth nearly £700,000 were stolen during the early hours of Wednesday (13 January).
The historic items, with huge sentimental value, include an 1820 diamond tiara, worth in the region of £400,000; an antique diamond necklace from the first half of the 19th century, worth in the region of £200,000; and an emerald intaglio and diamond ring from 1800, engraved with Duchess’s coronet and monogram CL for Louise de Keroualle, mistress of Charles II. More than 40 items were stolen including emerald, diamond and sapphire rings, earrings, bracelets and necklaces as well as antique Rolex and Girard Perregaux watches.
Detective Inspector Till Sanderson said: “The theft of these beautiful and treasured items have left the victims Lord and Lady March devastated at their loss.
“An intruder broke into the house sometime after midnight on Wednesday (13 January) and took thousands of pounds worth of jewels and watches, many of which are irreplaceable. Forensic teams are working with detectives to investigate the circumstances and we are appealing for anyone who saw any suspicious activity during that night up until 7am or in the previous days to contact us.
“Working with Lord and Lady March we are doing all we can try to trace the stolen treasures, liaising with auction houses, stately homes, dealers and those with specialist knowledge. I am appealing to anyone who may know anything to contact detectives on 101 quoting Operation Forster or alternatively you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 (www.crimestoppers-uk.org).