£30,000 break-in at Cromer antiques shop

Police are investigating the theft of thousands of pounds worth of jewellery from an antiques shop in Cromer early this morning.

Fair Deal Antiques and Collectibles on New Parade was broken into between 1am and 8.30am this morning (Tuesday, February 13) and approximately £30,000 worth of jewellery was taken from the window display.

Christine Graham, who runs the shop with her husband John, said the back door had been drilled and kicked in and the thieves had crawled through a space between bars on the door. The inside door of the shop had suffered the same fate.

Christine urged members of the public and other shop owners and dealers to be on the lookout for anyone selling the jewellery, some of which is distinctive.

“One of the items is called the jewel of India and is a ring with three different coloured diamonds in it,” she said. “There is also a gold skull ring which has a face with a lopsided grin and we think we are the only stockists in Norfolk of silver jewellery with zultanite, a Turkish gem which changes colour. There is a silver necklace and bracelet.”

Christine is convinced the burglars knew what they were doing as they had cut the power and telephone lines to the shop and flats above and seemed to know what they were looking for.

But she is upbeat saying: “We will still be trading as we have built up our stock over the last five years.” She added: “The police have been brilliant, absolute diamonds. I couldn’t have wished for better, they have been very supportive.”

She had also been heartened by the support from fellow traders, who have promised to keep an eye out in the marketplace in Norwich and King’s Lynn areas.

DC Kevin Maskell said: “This is a high-value crime and I would urge anyone with information regarding the burglary to contact police. I would particularly like to hear from anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in the area in the early hours of this morning.”

Anyone with information should contact DC Kevin Maskell at Great Yarmouth CID on 101. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111

Antiques roadshow event coming to Holt

There’s a chance to get those family heirlooms valued at an Antiques Roadshow-style event in Holt on Thursday, June 23, with a team of experts offering free valuations to help raise money for a Norfolk mental health charity.

Leading experts from Keys Fine Art Auctioneers, from Aylsham, will be at Arnolds Keys’ office in the town to assess all sorts of antiques, fine art and collectables from 10am-4pm on the day.  They are giving their time for free, with a suggested £1 donation per item valued going to MIND Norwich, the firm’s nominated charity for 2016.

The antiques specialists will be offering appraisals and valuations for ceramics, glassware, oriental items, furniture, paintings, books and ephemera, jewellery, silver, clocks and watches, and other antiques and collectables.

“This is a great chance to quiz some of the region’s foremost experts about your family heirlooms,” said Kevin Lines, general manager at Keys. “People will be able to discover more about their items, as well as receive an assessment of what they might make at auction.

“Whether you are considering selling your items, or are simply curious about what they are, this is the opportunity to receive an expert appraisal, while helping us to raise money for a great cause as well.”

No appointment is needed for valuations – simply turn up at Arnolds Keys’ office at 4 High Street, Holt.

Arnolds Keys Holt office