CCTV footage released in hunt for diamond tiara thieves

Detectives investigating the theft of a famous tiara and a diamond brooch from The Welbeck Estate in Worksop have released CCTV footage of three suspects they want to speak to in connection with the burglary.

Burglars broke into The Portland Collection Gallery on the estate between 9.45pm and 10pm on Tuesday 20 November 2018.

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They stole the Portland Tiara – a national treasure that has been seen by countless members of the public – and the diamond brooch from an armoured glass display case while the alarms were sounding.

As part of our ongoing investigation, we’re also appealing for information about a silver Audi RS5 Quattro, registration number KY61 USJ, which we believe was involved in the burglary. It’s the same model as the car pictured.

The silver Audi was stolen from the Phoenix Park Park and Ride tram stop, Millennium Way East, Cinderhill, Nottingham, on Friday 2 November 2018. It was found abandoned and burnt out in Cross Lane, Blidworth, about half-an-hour after the burglary on Tuesday 20 November 2018.

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“We’re also urging anyone who has any information about the silver Audi RS5 to contact us.

“Did you see this car in the area around the time of the burglary or have dash-cam footage of it? Did you see anyone in the car?

“We’re keen to trace this vehicle’s movements preceding the burglary so again we’re appealing to anyone who saw it or who has any information to get in touch with us as soon as possible.

“We believe the burglars used specialist diamond cutter-type tools to break through the armoured glass display case. If anyone has information about people hiring or sourcing such equipment then we’d urge them to get in touch.”

If you saw anything suspicious or have any information that could help, please call us on 101, quoting incident number 856 of 20 November 2018, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.