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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Ram Raiders Target Antiques

Antiques raiders escape with haul worth £20,000

A SILVER haul from an antiques shop in the historic village of Chilham netted raiders around £20,000 police have revealed.

Last night they issued pictures of the stolen antiques and silver items in the hope someone will recognise them.

A bronze garden statue of a male and female intertwined, mounted on a stand was taken along with an antique diamond cluster ring and an antique lamp stand.

A collection of hallmarked silver items was also taken including A fruit bowl centrepiece by Walker and Hall, from 1912, a pair of eight-inch candlesticks Chester HM, a set of 12 teaspoons and tongs in a case, a toast rack, a further pair of candlesticks, a fish slice, a teapot, a Rose bowl, a bowl, a small bon bon basket and a sterling silver bowl,

Anyone who thinks they might be able to help can call PC Darren Brough at Ashford station on 01233 896281 or the Crimestoppers Hotline on 0800 555111 which are free and anonymous.

Police injured in cash machine ram-raid

Two policemen were left with broken ankles as they arrested three men in a dramatic smash and grab on a supermarket cash machine in the early hours of Wednesday morning.Officers were called to the scene after reports crooks had tried to drive a digger into Sainsbury’s in Dymchurch Road, New Romney in a bid to pinch a cash machine at 3.15am.One of the officer’s injured broke his tibia bone and is expected to need surgery. Several police patrol cars were also damaged in the incident.The suspects are in their 20s and 30s. Police are still hunting a fourth man believed to have fled the scene.

Art Hostage comments: If Police join the dots and make the connection between these two raids I am sure they will solve the Antiques raid.

This may involve offering one of the arrested crooks for the ram raid a deal to inform on the Antiques raiders, who are all part of the same gangs.

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