Valuable pottery taken in Doncaster raid

Some of the Royal Crown Derby items stolen from a house in Highfields.
Some of the Royal Crown Derby items stolen from a house in Highfields.

RAIDERS are thought to have stolen a valuable collection of pottery from a house in Highfields, Doncaster.

Police are investigating after the Royal Crown Derby items were taken in a break-in on Friday April 5, in which the occupier of the property, a 66-year-old man, was awoken by voices downstairs.

When he went to investigate, he discovered that most of his collection had been stolen.

Police are appealing to members of the public to be cautious if offered any pieces of Royal Crown Derby items.

Amongst the items stolen are 26 large ornate plates, eight small ornate plates, several ornamental paperweights, an old Amari gypsy wagon, two octagonal bowls, two comport dishes and a basket, two ginger jars, plus many other items.

A police spokesman said: “The items stolen are of a high value and very sentimental to the owner, who has built his collection of Royal Crown Derby, over many years.”

Officers investigating the incident are appealing to the public to contact the police if they may have been offered any Royal Crown Derby items recently or have any information about this incident.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 1244 of April 5 2013. Alternatively, people can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.