Jewellery worth thousands stolen during Portsmouth Ladies’ rugby game

Police are appealing for witnesses to the burglary
Police are appealing for witnesses to the burglary

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THOUSANDS of pounds of jewellery was stolen from Portsmouth Rugby Club during a match.

Visiting team Guernsey Ladies were playing Portsmouth Ladies when a bootbag was stolen from the touchline at some point during the game.

It contained an engagement ring worth £2,300, two wedding rings, an iPad Air, two iPhone 5s and several hundred pounds in cash.

Police have just released details of the theft which happened on December 7, between 11.30am and 2pm, at the rugby club on Norway Road, in Hilsea.

Mark Dixon, chairman of Hampshire and IOW Crimestoppers, said: ‘This is a very upsetting crime for the ladies visiting Portsmouth and I urge anyone with information to come forward.’

Mike Smith, chairman of Guernsey Crimestoppers, added: ‘Both teams and their supporters are very distressed by this heartless crime. It is the sentimental aspect that has caused most upset.’

Both Crimestoppers agencies have offered a combined award of £1,000 for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the theft.

Anyone with information should call Portsmouth police on 101. Alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 anonymously.

Information can also be given anonymously online at crimestoppers-uk.org