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Pictures show huge haul of antique silver stolen from Nottinghamshire museum

Police are appealing for information after a large haul of antique silver was stolen from a museum in Nottinghamshire.

  • Major Antique Theft: A significant theft of antique silver occurred at the Royal Lancers & Nottinghamshire Yeomanry Museum in Nottinghamshire.
  • Time of Incident: The theft was executed between 2:40 am and 3:30 am on Sunday morning, targeting a display case.
  • High-Value Items Stolen: Among the stolen artefacts are a rare parcel and gilt rosewater dish, similar to the Wimbledon women’s singles trophy, and other historically valuable items like the Hurlingham Grand Military Polo trophy.
  • Police Appeal for Information: Detective Sergeant Jackie Price emphasizses the historical and sentimental value of the items and urges public assistance.

The items were stolen in the early hours of Sunday morning from a display case at the Royal Lancers & Nottinghamshire Yeomanry Museum at Thoresby Park.

Detectives, who believe the theft occurred between 2.40 am and 3.30 a.m., have released a range of images of the stolen items.

They include a distinctive parcel and gilt rosewater dish – said to be the sister piece to the Wimbledon women’s singles trophy.

Other items include the Hurlingham Grand Military Polo trophy, statuettes of mounted soldiers and a cavalry trumpet.

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Detective Sergeant Jackie Price, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This was an audacious crime and clearly well planned by the person or people responsible.

“The items taken are not just worth tens of thousands of pounds; they are also of significant historical and sentimental value to the military community.

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“As our investigation into what happened continues, we have decided to release a series of images to show what has been taken.

“These are very distinctive items and anyone who has seen them or been offered them for sale should get in touch with the police as soon as possible.

“We would also like to hear from anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the surrounding area in the early hours of Sunday morning.

“Even the smallest piece of information may prove crucial in this case.”

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The museum also contains a range of firearms and other weapons which have all been accounted for.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call 101 quoting incident 273 of Sunday 29 October 2023. Crimestoppers can also be contacted n 0800 555 111.

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