Crimewatch jewels plea brings 56 calls

jewelCL'jewellery police have seized from a man in Doncaster. They now want to find out where it came from
jewelCL'jewellery police have seized from a man in Doncaster. They now want to find out where it came from
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DETECTIVES are sifting through 56 calls received following a Crimewatch appeal for information about a £1 million haul of jewellery discovered in South Yorkshire.

They turned to the BBC programme to unveil the 70 items seized when officers raided a house in Doncaster in a probe into acquisitive crimes.

jewelCL'jewellery police have seized from a man in Doncaster. They now want to find out where it came from

jewelCL'jewellery police have seized from a man in Doncaster. They now want to find out where it came from

Police also found £13,000 in the property but the man who lives there has so far been unable to tell South Yorkshire Police where the cash or jewellery came from.

Without receipts or other forms of proof showing he is the legitimate owner of the jewellery and money, police have the right to seize the haul under the Proceeds of Crime Act if they suspect they are the results of criminality.

Among the jewellery seized was a £200,000 diamond ring, a £75,000 Rolex watch encrusted with diamonds and sapphires, a white gold diamond necklace worth £200,000 and a pair of white gold diamond earrings valued at £100,000.

Graham Wragg, head of South Yorkshire Police’s ecomomic crime unit, said: “So far we have not been provided with any credible explanation for the jewellery and cash – no receipts or details of where the jewellery was bought.

jewelCL'jewellery police have seized from a man in Doncaster. They now want to find out where it came from

jewelCL'jewellery police have seized from a man in Doncaster. They now want to find out where it came from

“We turned to Crimewatch because some pieces are unique and we hope that if they are stolen somebody will recognise them and come forward. Also anyone who sold or manufactured them may recognise them.

“We had 50 calls to Crimewatch and six to South Yorkshire Police and some are very, very interesting and have provided is with some positive lines of inquiry.”

n Call police on 0114 2202020 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.