[02 NOV 00]
CRIMES, FIRES & ACCIDENTS
Antiques On Web Parade
have set up a special website to try and trace the owners of
stolen antique garden furniture.
hoard of more than 100 items was found in Operation Granite by
police officers working in Newark, Notts.
goods, each worth between £1,000 and £6,000 include urns, sun
dials, troughs, benches and wrought iron gates.
are all believed to have been stolen from houses across the
midlands, including Warwickshire.
Antiques Officer DC Austin O’Driscoll said:
believe these items have come from all kinds of residences.
will be from country houses, some may be from public parks, but
many will be individual items from people’s back gardens.
publishing pictures of them on the internet, we hope to alert
people who have fallen victim to conmen or antique thieves and
lost items like these from their back gardens.”
who see things they believe are belong to them should call
officers on 0115 844 6935 to arrange a private viewing. The
viewings will be held at a secret location on 10 and 11 November.
pick of the collection is a pair of weathered stone lions, which
are both three feet long, about three feet high, in a
“recumbent” position with “naïve” faces.
are particularly keen for someone to identify the two lions as
they are quite distinctive and are worth £5,000 to £6,000 as a
of garden furniture and ornaments is a specialised crime,
committed by knowledgeable thieves who know that they are
is possible for them to avoid detection by shipping items out of
the country, or selling them in different parts of the UK, but
with the aid of technology such as the internet we can reach a
wider audience and return valuable property to its rightful
of all the items can be viewed at www.nottspolice.couk.com.