Visitors’ books containing Queen Victoria’s signature stolen from Portsmouth sailing club

Police are investigating the theft of historic visitors' books

Police are investigating the theft of historic visitors' books

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BOOKS containing the signatures of royals including King George V and Queen Victoria have been stolen from a club in Portsmouth.

The 19th century visitors’ books were stolen from the Royal Maritime Club in Queen Street between October 17 and October 22.

Police have released details today.

Investigating officer PC Dan McGarrigle said: ‘These books are extremely rare; they have a high sentimental and historic value to the Royal Maritime Club. It is possible that these books would have been offered to a collector.

‘We’ve pursued several other lines of enquiry over the past fortnight, and are now in a position to release details with a wider appeal for more information.’

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC McGarrigle at Portsmouth Central police station by phoning 101 or emailing by clicking here.

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If you don’t want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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