Rare ruby brooch stolen from Chichester home

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POLICE are appealing for witnesses after jewellery was stolen in a burglary in Chichester.

Distinctive pieces of jewellery were taken when a home in Grosvenor Road was broken into late on Sunday September 7 or early on September 8, police today announced.

Among the items was an extremely rare one-inch gold dagger-shaped Cartier brooch with a ruby, diamond and sapphire inset and a Cartier box.

Other items taken included rings, pendants and earrings.

The break-in is currently being linked to a burglary at a shed in Grosvenor Road between Friday September 5 and Monday September 8, during which power tools were stolen.

Sussex Police launched Operation Magpie to tackle burglary across the county.

A 33-year-old man has been arrested and questioned but released on bail until November 12.

Detective constable Jon Stadius said: “I would like to speak to anyone who was in the area around Grosvenor Road over the weekend from Friday September 5 and who saw or heard anything suspicious.

“If you noticed anything out of the ordinary please contact us. What you saw or heard could be important to our investigation.”

Anyone with information should email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting serial 902 of 08/09, call 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800555111.