Further witness appeal following theft of mayoral chains in Marlborough
3:05pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in News
WILTSHIRE Police are issuing a further witness appeal in relation to the theft of the Marlborough mayoral chains.
The burglary took place overnight between 7.30pm on Sunday, October 13 2013 and 8am on Monday,October 14 2013 at the Marlborough Town Hall, Kingsbury Street, Marlborough.
Police gained access to the building through a side door on Oxford Road and, following a search of the building, stole the Town Mayors Ceremonial Chain. Nothing else is believed to have been taken.
The chain was made in 1911 and has been worn by every mayor since then. It consists of 18ct gold badges imprinted with the Marlborough crest and semi precious stones including sapphires.
Detective Constable Ben Collier from Swindon CID who is heading up the investigation said: “Extensive police enquiries have continued in the town since this incident but I am keen to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time of the burglary.
“As part of the investigation, we have viewed a large amount of CCTV from local businesses, but have been unable to ascertain who the offender or offenders are.
“This investigation is very much ongoing.
“The chains obviously hold huge sentimental value to the town and the local council.
“I would urge anyone who has information on this burglary or who may have witnessed anything suspicious in or around the town hall on the Sunday evening or the early hours of the following morning to contact Wiltshire Police immediately.
“Although the chains would be difficult to sell as they are, I would also like to hear from anyone, in particular jewellers, who might have been offered this item to buy.
“All information will be treated in the strictest confidence.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.