Historic items stolen during raid at museum

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RAIDERS smashed their way into a South Yorkshire museum and stole two historic items dating back to the 18th century.

The burglary happened at Clifton Park Museum, Rotherham, overnight on Tuesday, April 9, with offenders breaking in through a window.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “The flagons are described as a pair of George III silver flagons, of plain circular tapering form, with spreading foot, below a domed hinged cover, with leaf scroll thumb-piece, a hollow handle with heart terminal.

“They have been made by Tudor and Leader, Sheffield, in 1781, weigh 116 ounces in total and are 36.5cm high.

“The side of each engraved ‘The Gift of Mrs Mary Bellamy, Late of Rotherham, 1781.”

Police are appealing to anyone who was in the area during the time and saw anything suspicious, or anyone who has been offered the flagons, to come forward.

■ Witnesses or anyone with information should contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 16 of 9 April, 2013, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.