£200,000 ring in raid could belong to celebrity Sharon

Sharon Osbourne. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
Sharon Osbourne. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)

a TREASURED diamond ring belonging to celebrity Sharon Osbourne may be among a £1 million haul of jewellery found by police in a raid on a Doncaster house.

The £200,000 10-carat Tiffany sparkler, a wedding gift to the reality TV star from her rocker husband Ozzy, was stolen in a raid on the couple’s £3 million mansion in Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire, in 2004.

South Yorkshire Police are now liaising with officers in Thames Valley to confirm whether Sharon is the owner of the ring that was found in a “modest” terraced house in Doncaster.

The lead on the potential owner of the gem emerged after the couple’s daughter Kelly posted a message on social networking site Twitter.

Detectives who had unearthed the jewels - a collection of rings, watches, bracelets, necklaces and earrings - during a raid as part of an operation into acquisitive crime last August unveiled the gems on the BBC’s Crimewatch programme last week after a man they arrested failed to prove he was the legitimate owner of the property.

Police appealed to viewers who had lost jewellery in break-ins, or to anyone remembered selling or manufacturing the items, some of which were described as unique or customised.

After the show was broadcast, Kelly, 26, tweeted: “Thank you Crimewatch. My mum is over the moon. That’s her wedding ring. She cried with joy because she can get it back. Thank you.”

Sharon, a former X-Factor judge, was said to have been “inconsolable” after the raid in which Ozzy, 62, grappled with one of the fleeing intruders, and she offered a £100,000 reward for the return of the ring.

At the time of the theft, she said that the ring had been bought as a replacement for her original wedding ring that Ozzy had bought from a High Street store.

She said: “I had to wait 25 years so that Ozzy could buy me that ring. It was a 10-carat round diamond from Tiffany. I had two gold wedding rings, one I wore above it, one below it, they took them all. They were on my bedside table.”

Graham Wragg, head of South Yorkshire Police’s economic crime unit, confirmed detectives were working with Thames Valley colleagues, and said : “We received an anonymous call to say that one of the rings we have may be Sharon Osbourne’s which was stolen during a burglary at her home in 2004.

“Kelly then used twitter to talk about it and we are now following that up. We need to get photographs of Sharon’s ring and compare it to the one we have found. There’s a possibility it may be hers.”