A police operation in Somerset resulted in the recovery of over 100 stolen items – including £40,000 of antique furniture stolen from a home in Bath just two days earlier.
The items, which included two 18th Century marble topped tables and a small antique chest containing decanters and glasses, were taken between the 8th and 9th September. Luckily for the owners, a swift tip-off to the police about a suspicious antique furniture ‘salesman’ meant that by 11th September, a suspect was in custody and the stolen items safely under lock and key. The officers also recovered a 19th Century antique carriage clock worth over £4,000, which had been taken from a house in Bathwick while the occupants were away on holiday.
The suspect was one of three men arrested on suspicion of burglary and handling stolen goods during the opening hours of Operation Relentless – a campaign by Avon and Somerset Police to help stamp out robbery, burglary and related crime in the area. Around 40 arrests were made in total, 75 per cent of them within the first 24 hours. Alongside strict enforcement and increased foot patrols, police are offering advice and support to members of the public on how to prevent their own antique chests and Georgian tables from being stolen.
People in the Ribble Valley often have Victorian oak partners desks and other fine furniture in their homes – sometimes inherited, sometimes purchased from antique dealers but always well-loved. An antique cabinet should always be insured, but one of the best forms of insurance is a burglar-proof home. Look on the Lancashire police website for advice.
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