Sentimental items stolen in burglary

PUBLISHED: 17:41 15 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:27 31 May 2010

A WARTIME medal was among items of huge sentimental value that were taken in one of a series of burglaries in the Saffron Walden area. A number of burglaries over the last three weeks in Ashdon, Hadstock, Saffron Walden and Ugley have led to the loss of t

A WARTIME medal was among items of huge sentimental value that were taken in one of a series of burglaries in the Saffron Walden area.

A number of burglaries over the last three weeks in Ashdon, Hadstock, Saffron Walden and Ugley have led to the loss of tens of thousands of pounds' worth of property, and police are hoping that the public will be able to provide valuable information that leads to the arrest of the people responsible.

The first incident happened on April 29, when a house in Bartlow Road in Ashdon was broken into between 9.30am and 11.45am.

Burglars forced open a dining room window and stole a wartime medal with the name "Walls" on the rim, a London County schools attendance medal dated 1907-1908, an 18ct gold amethyst ring, an 18ct gold sapphire and diamond ring, an 18ct gold hunting stock pin, a platinum ring with a diamond cluster, a silver christening cup and four whisky decanter tags.

The haul of irreplaceable items was worth a four-figure sum of money.

The second burglary took place on Sunday May 11, when the house attached to the King's Head pub in Hadstock was entered and cash and personal belongings were taken.

Landlord Russell Beuken said: "My partner Sarah and I were relaxing upstairs as we usually do at the end of the night. Sarah went downstairs to get a drink and noticed her purse wasn't in her bag where it had been left, then we realised the safe door was open.

"All our weekend takings had been stolen, around £920. I'd left the keys on the desk, but the door onto the street was locked, and there was no sign of any forced entry, so I don't know how the person got in.

"It's very upsetting, Sarah especially is devastated. And Hadstock is such a quiet place - we've been here since September 2006 and this is the first time anything like this has happened."

The theft happened between 9.30pm and 10.15pm. On Wednesday May 14, the purse was recovered at the junction of the A505 and A11, leading police to suspect that the culprits may have come from outside the area.

In other incidents, a BMW worth £40,000 was stolen when its keys were taken during a house burglary in Adams Court, Saffron Walden, at about 1pm on Monday May 12.

And a two-figure sum of cash was stolen when a flat above The Chequers pub in Ugley was broken into at about 8.45pm on Tuesday May 13.

Anyone with any information about these offences is asked to contact Dc Mel Burns at Saffron Walden CID on 0300 333 4444.

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