Brass figures and trinkets stolen from Suffolk art gallery

Brass figures were stolen from an antiques shop in Long Melford Picture: SUPPLIED BY SUFFOLK CONSTAB

Brass figures were stolen from an antiques shop in Long Melford Picture: SUPPLIED BY SUFFOLK CONSTABULARY - Credit: Archant

Two brass figures and a number of trinkets were stolen from an art gallery in Long Melford after thieves smashed the front window.

Brass figures were stolen from an antiques shop in Long Melford Picture: SUPPLIED BY SUFFOLK CONSTAB

Brass figures were stolen from an antiques shop in Long Melford Picture: SUPPLIED BY SUFFOLK CONSTABULARY - Credit: Archant

Police are appealing for witnesses to the burglary, which happened at Douglas Payne Designs on Hall Street in the village sometime between 5pm on Monday, January 14, and 9am on Tuesday, January 15.

Other items stolen from the gallery and studio included a large Macintosh box, one dress cane, a box with art deco depicting female faces and three candle copper boxes.

Independent business owner Mr Payne said the value of the items stolen was around £1,200.

“It makes me worried every night I go home now that I think it’s going to happen again,” he said.

Douglas Payne Designs in Long Melford, which was burgled Picture: GOOGLE MAPS

Douglas Payne Designs in Long Melford, which was burgled Picture: GOOGLE MAPS - Credit: Archant


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“It seems like a smash and grab job but it’s amazing that no-one heard anything because it’s a large window.”

Mr Payne, who also had some plant pots stolen from outside his business in a separate incident, added that the break-in has made him consider bringing forward his shop’s impending move away from the village.

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Anyone who witnessed any suspicious behaviour overnight, has knowledge of the whereabouts of any of the items stolen is asked to contact Suffolk Constabulary on 101, quoting crime reference 37/3175/19.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111 or via their anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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