POLICE in Derwentside are appealing for help in tracing an antique Grandfather clock stolen from a house in Consett.

The 6ft 5in tall Victorian time-piece, thought to be worth several thousand pounds, was stolen from a house in Hamsterley Mill Road last Friday afternoon.

Burglars also stole a quantity of silver and jewellery from the house during the raid between 1-4pm.

Police say more than one person would have been needed to carry the heavy clock, so they are looking for at least two raiders. They say a red van seen in the area around the time of the burglary could have been involved in the incident.

Meanwhile police in Lanchester are keen to speak to the owner of a dark blue Peugeot 106 seen near the vicarage yesterday around 12.45pm.

It may have been involved in an attempted raid on the vicarage that saw at least one would-be burglar disturbed when the homeowner returned to the house.

A County Durham police spokesman said: "We are particularly concerned by these two daylight burglaries. However, due to the different types of vehicles used, we suspect they are not linked."

Anyone with information on either incident should contact Consett police on 01207 504204.


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