£2k bible and jewellery stolen in raids

An antique bible and a unique pair of earrings are among a haul worth more than £2,000 that burglars have stolen in two suspected linked raids.The thieves struck first at an address in Lower Road, Rattlesden between 9am and 11am last Friday, taking a pair of hand-made "one off" earrings among a number of other items of jewellery.

By James Fraser

AN antique bible and a unique pair of earrings are among a haul worth more than £2,000 that burglars have stolen in two suspected linked raids.

The thieves struck first at an address in Lower Road, Rattlesden between 9am and 11am last Friday, taking a pair of hand-made "one off" earrings among a number of other items of jewellery.

Entry was gained by levering open a ground floor window and various rooms were searched.

The thieves are believed to have struck again on Monday, sometime between 9.30am and 11.30am at an address on Lower Road, Onehouse. This time they entered via rear window and searched one of the bedrooms.

A brass and brown leather bible, inlaid with the words 'Holy Bible' in gold lettering, and a patterned Rosewood furniture chest, measuring 30ins by 20ins by 22ins, were stolen.

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Police hunting the suspects are linking the two burglaries.

The 1in-long earrings taken in the first incident were described as having two sections. The bottom is a triangular shield shape with a border of gold infilled with pink stone. The rectangular top section is solid gold and stamped at the back with the initials 'CH'.

Detective Constable John Dolan said: "These are unusual items and should be easily recognisable if spotted."

Anyone who may have seen the intruders or noticed anyone acting suspiciously in the area should contact me on 01284 774100 or Crimestoppers on freephone 0800 555 111.