Police appeal after ‘high value’ thefts from Lynchmere

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Two burglaries at the same house in Lynchmere, near Haslemere, earlier this month are being investigated by police.

A police spokesman said thieves got away with ‘high value‘ property both times when they targeted the secluded cottage.

They first struck between June 3 and 8, taking a painting worth tens of thousands of pounds from its frame. Called ‘Hope in Prison’, it was painted in 1862 by Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones.

The second burglary occurred between June 17 and 20, and saw the theft of more than 40 pieces of silver cutlery and two silver candlesticks.

Det Con Pippa Hannard, of the West Sussex priority crime team, said: “We’d like to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious in relation to either burglary or who may have other information relating to the thefts.

“We’d also like to speak to anyone who may recall seeing a blue people carrier - possibly a Vauxhall Zafira or similar - in the area on June 11 and 12.”

Anyone able to help is asked to email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk, phone 101, quoting serial 797 of 08/06 concerning the painting theft and 813 of 20/06 concerning the silverware theft, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 (www.crimestoppers-uk.org)

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