Jewellery worth £20k stolen in raid

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A ring similar to that worn by the Duchess of Cambridge is among a £20,000 haul of jewellery that has been stolen from a home in Chorley.

Officers investigating the break-in at a property in Rawlinson Lane, Heath Charnock, have now released pictures of the valuable items that were taken between 10am and 12.50pm on August 11.

They hope the pictures might help trace the culprit responsible for the burglary and have appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

Detectives believe the offender may have stolen a hammer from a shed belonging to the rural property before using it to smash their way into the conservatory and through a second set of doors that led to a dining area and the main house.

Insp Dave Robinson of Chorley Police said: “The haul was a mix of male and female rings, chains and bracelets and there was also a gold pocket watch among other distinctive items.

“The jewellery was obviously very valuable and included Masonic cuff-links worth £1,000 and a charm bracelet with 10 charms on worth £3,500.

“The sapphire and diamond ring that was stolen was worth around £2,400 and all of the jewellery would have had sentimental value as well which you can’t put a price on.

“We’d like to appeal for anyone who may have any information about the burglary or whereabouts of the jewellery to contact us as soon as possible.

“As well as the jewellery, £800 cash was stolen from the property.”

The pictures released by Chorley Police are of similar items to those that were stolen on the day.

The sapphire and diamond ring that was taken is similar in style to Princess Diana’s engagement ring that was given to Kate Middleton by Prince William before their wedding in April.

Ring Chorley CID on: 0845 1 25 35 45 or Crimestoppers anonymously on: 0800 555 111.