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Update: Portland Tiara theft investigation features on BBC Crimewatch Roadshow Live

September 9, 2019
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A detective investigating the theft of a diamond-encrusted tiara and a diamond brooch from an art gallery in Worksop has appeared on BBC One’s Crimewatch Roadshow Live to re-appeal for information.

Detective Inspector Gayle Hart appeared on the programme this morning (Monday 9 September 2019) and urged witnesses to come forward.

The historic Portland Tiara and diamond brooch were stolen from The Portland Collection Gallery on The Welbeck Estate between 9.45pm and 10pm on Tuesday 20 November 2018.

Officers swiftly responded and arrived at the scene within minutes of the burglary being reported but the offenders had fled in a vehicle.

Speaking after today’s programme DI Hart said: "We’re still determined to find the people responsible for this brazen theft but we need the public’s help.

"I hope that by appearing on Crimewatch Roadshow and renewing our appeal it may jog someone’s memory to come forward with information - no matter how small. 

"We're still pursuing a number of lines of enquiry but we believe there are people out there who may have crucial information that could help with our investigation.

"We particularly want to hear from anyone who has any information about a silver Audi S5 which is suspected to have been involved in this offence. This vehicle was found abandoned and burnt out in Cross Lane, Blidworth, about half-an-hour after the incident.

"Did you see this vehicle in the Welbeck area around the time of the burglary or anywhere between the Welbeck Estates and Cross Lane in Blidworth between 9.45pm and 10.30pm on 20 November 2018?

"If you have any information about this vehicle we'd urge you to please come forward and contact us as soon as possible. We’d also like to hear from any drivers who may have dash-cam footage of this vehicle.

"We're asking people to please call us on 101, quoting incident number 856 of 20 November 2018, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

We’ve arrested five men, aged 47, 39, 38, 34 and 24, and a 31-year-old woman in connection with our investigation which remains ongoing. All six, who were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to burgle, have been released under investigation.

A private appeal, offering a reward of up to £100,000 for information leading to the recovery of the Portland Tiara and diamond brooch, is being administered by The Art Loss Register.

If you missed this morning’s BBC Crimewatch Roadshow programme featuring our appeal you can still watch it on BBC iPlayer.

Visit https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer

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