TV star's stolen antiques recovered

FORMER Equaliser star Edward Woodward can thank Suffolk police today for being reunited with valuable antiques stolen in a raid on his home.As well as playing an avenging angel bringing criminals to justice, the 74-year-old actor is also famous for his portrayal of Callan in the 1970s spy series.

FORMER Equaliser star Edward Woodward can thank Suffolk police today for being reunited with valuable antiques stolen in a raid on his home.

As well as playing an avenging angel bringing criminals to justice, the 74-year-old actor is also famous for his portrayal of Callan in the 1970s spy series.

But the TV tough guy is also one of many well-known and influential people targeted by art and antique thieves.

During the raid at his home burglars stole antiques worth £60,000.


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Mr Woodward has managed to reclaim some of the valuables stolen after they were put on display at an antiques roadshow at Suffolk Constabulary's Martlesham Heath headquarters last weekend.

Among the items retrieved were scotch and brandy decanters worth £1,200 and a bronze figurine. However most of the possessions taken from his home in Shepperton, Surrey, are still missing.

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In total the roadshow displayed £1million of stolen property recovered by officers from Suffolk and the Metropolitan police during a joint investigation.

Art and antiques valued at more than £100,000 were returned to their owners over three days.

The collectibles were seized in two police raids, one in Northampton and the other at an auction house in south London.

Mr Woodward returned from a holiday at Christmas to find valuables including his wife's jewellery, bronze statues and his collection of antique walking sticks had been looted.

Mr Woodward is still angry about the burglary.

The TV and film star, who is married to Some Mother's Do 'Ave 'Em actress Michele Dotrice, said: "I wish I had been there. I wanted to beat the living daylights out of them.

"We have recovered a couple of items with large sentimental values. It's better than nothing."

Paintings, porcelain, bronzeware, fine art and furniture are among the items recovered by officers in Suffolk and the Metropolitan Police art and antiques unit.

To date property has been identified by owners from Suffolk, Essex, Norfolk, Kent, Surrey, London, Sussex, Hampshire and Oxfordshire.

Recovered items, which were stolen as far back as 1991, can be viewed by going to the Suffolk Police website at www.suffolk.police.uk looking on the news section and clicking on the link called recovered property.

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