Thieves snatch grandfather clock

Distinctive ornaments and a grandfather clock were among the property stolen by thieves during a burglary at an isolated property at Wymondham. Police said yesterday that the break-in was believed to have happened in Back Lane between 4pm on Saturday, February 9 and 2.

Distinctive ornaments and a grandfather clock were among the property stolen by thieves during a burglary at an isolated property at Wymondham.

Police said yesterday that the break-in was believed to have happened in Back Lane between 4pm on Saturday, February 9 and 2.10pm last Sunday.

The intruders got in by smashing a side window, and all the rooms in the building were searched.

A silver or grey car was seen parked outside and two women in their 20s to 30s were seen putting items in the boot.

Among their haul were a 6ft-tall, dark wood grandfather clock with a dial hand painted with flowers and the word “Wyndham” written on the face, valued at £1,500; a model of the Cutty Sark with the rigging displayed and a turquoise-coloured hull,

valued at £300; an antique novelty clockwork bartender made of tin, valued at £300; and a 2ft 6in yellow teddy bear.

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Also stolen were a Jacques

garden croquet set, with hardwood mallets, in a pinewood box; a box of six old silver-plated fish knives in a box with a blue velvet interior; a 12in-tall antique jointed porcelain doll with blue eyes that close when the doll is tilted and moulded wavy hair; a framed map of old England with a glass and black narrow wood frame; and tea and cigarette cards, mounted in a clipframe, of prehistoric animals such as a woolly mammoth.

Information about the crime can be given to Det Con Pete Williams at Norwich CID on 0845 456 4567, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.