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5 March 2012, 13:18
Nearly £40,000 of items have been stolen from a display at Norwich's Castle Museum.
Norfolk Constabulary have confirmed they are investigating the circumstances surrounding the theft of a number of Lord Nelson artefacts from Norwich Museum.
An off-duty officer was visiting the Museum last Saturday (25 February 2012) during the afternoon when he noticed that a display cabinet appeared insecure.
The items that have been stolen are:
a) A gold mourning ring in a box dated 1805 and which is valued at over Â£25,000. It is enamelled and bears the letters N and B. It dates between 1803 and 1806.
b) A saucer from a tea service dated 1802 which was part of the inventory at Lord Nelson's home, This has been valued at Â£10,000.
c) Two bronze medals, worth Â£400 each. One commemorates the Battle of the Nile (1 August 1798) and the other marks the death of Lord Nelson and is dated 1805.
d) A gilt metal box containing four medallions commemorating victories of various admirals dated from 1994-1816. Collectively, they have been valued at Â£1,000.
A spokesperson said the Constabulary had obtained CCTV footage from the Museum which they hoped would prove useful. Officers from Bethel Street Police Station would like to hear from anyone who thinks they may know of the current whereabouts of the items or who knows anything at all which may assist their investigation. Contact them on 101 or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.