Valuable oil painting stolen from house in Ketton

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AN OIL painting of sentimental value, jewellery and other goods have been stolen from a house in Ketton.

Police released information today (Friday) stating the incident happened sometime between 5.30pm on Monday, July 9 and 4.45pm on Wednesday, July 11, when a ground floor window was forced open at a house in Aldgate.

As well as the painting, a South African gold sovereign, watches including a Rolex, a Tudor and a Hunter, a laptop, alcohol and crockery were taken.

Officers are keen to trace the whereabouts of the painting, which they say is worth a “substantial” amount of money. It is signed by James Loder Bath 1838 and shows a horse in a stable wearing a harness.

Detective constable Emmy Thresh said: “The owners were away on holiday when the incident has occurred and not only have they had to find that their home has been broken into but also items such as the painting which is of great sentimental value to them have been stolen.

“We are asking people who were in the area between these times to think back. Can you remember seeing anyone acting suspiciously? Did you perhaps see someone in the area carrying this painting and think it unusual? Any information could help us with our investigation so please do not hesitate to call us.

“We would also like to appeal to art and antique dealers or anyone who works in this industry. If you are approached by anyone trying to sell you this painting and you are suspicious of how they acquired it please call us immediately.”

Anyone with information should contact DC 4142 Emmy Thresh on 101.

Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.