£1000 reward for stolen Wisborough Green ring

An engagement ring worth �6000 stolen from a wedding ceremony in Wisborough Green
An engagement ring worth �6000 stolen from a wedding ceremony in Wisborough Green

THE family of a devastated bride whose engagement ring was stolen on her wedding day are offering a £1,000 reward for its return.

While Caroline and James Granshaw are on honeymoon, their families have put up the reward to recover the sapphire and diamond ring stolen from Wisborough Green church porch.

Detectives have traced the ring’s last known location to Highcroft Villas, Brighton, at just after 7pm on June 7.

The ring had been placed in a black LK Bennett clutch bag with gold clasp, with an iPhone which was on and using the ‘Find my iPhone’ facility. Police tracked the phone, showing it had been taken to Haywards Heath until around 6pm when it travelled to Brighton. PC Mathew Willcocks said: “We want to talk to anyone who has been offered the ring, which is quite distinctive, or has any information as to its whereabouts.

“Our investigations have led us to believe a silver ‘53’-registered Peugoet 206 has followed that route.”

James’ father Mervyn said: “We are hoping the reward, which is quite substantial because of the huge sentimental value of the ring, will encourage someone to come forward.

“James put a lot of effort in creating a ring that was ethically sourced and Caroline is heartbroken that it is gone.

“The ring is a 3.08ct royal blue sapphire with the shoulders set with diamonds. It has three marks stamped into the inside of the band – the London assay office hallmark of a lion’s head, ‘950’ indicating 95 per cent platinum and, most uniquely, the maker’s mark ‘I&R’ for Ingle & Rhode.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting serial 1265 7/6.

A 43-year-old man from the Brighton area has been formally questioned in relation to the theft and enquiries continue.