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Thursday, November 08, 2007

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Thursday, November 08, 2007

A painting worth £30,000 and two machine guns were among items stolen from a house in Ormskirk.

Also taken in the raid on Monday (November 5) was an £18,000 solid gold diamond set men's Rolex watch and a £10,000 men's platinum ring set with seven diamonds.

Burglars broke into the home on St Helen's Road between 7.30am and 10.20pm by smashing glass in a patio door and reaching in to unlock it.

The offenders searched the property before taking the valuable items.

A £30,000 original painting - Our Valley by Steven Townsend - featuring two dogs on a Lakeland scene in a large silver flecked wooden frame was snatched.

Also taken were a decommissioned 'Bren' World War Two sub machine gun and a decommissioned MG43 black German machine gun, worth £5,000 for the pair.

Other items stolen were a £1,500 black Canon digital camera, a £300 GPS watch, a £300 17" flat screen PC monitor, £750 cash and a sleeve of Lambert and Butler cigarettes.

DC Kelly-Anne Rosenthal, investigating, said: "I would appeal to anyone who was in the area or seen anything suspicious to get in touch. Some of the items stolen are quite distinctive and I would ask anyone who may come across them to get in touch."

Anyone with any information can contact Ormskirk CID on 01695 566443 or via Southern Communications Centre on 08451 25 35 45. Information can also be given about crime anonymously by telephoning Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

By Natasha Robson

Art Hostage comments:

Any Sith around the Ormskirk, Lancashire area we know ??

Apparently some of the Da Vinci accused telephoned Crimestoppers and asked if they would be line for a reward for the return of these stolen items.

The operator at Crimestoppers said:
"Aren't you in enough trouble, and hung up !!"

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