Antique plates stolen

Piers Goodwin

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DETECTIVES are investigating after two distinctive plates were stolen from one of the grandest stately homes in the south.

A thief took two distinctive Japanese porcelain plates from Petworth House, a 17th century mansion run by the National Trust in West Sussex.

A suspect was caught on CCTV.

Detective Constable Andrea Watts, from Chichester CID, said: ‘The plates are very distinctive and unusual and we are hoping that someone may recognise them from the description or the photo that has been released. We would also like to hear from anyone who thinks they recognise the suspect who was caught on CCTV.’

The plates were stolen on the afternoon of Thursday, February 9.

The suspect was described as a thick-set white man of medium build, aged in his mid to late 50s, with receding short grey hair. He was wearing a dark casual jacket, pale shirt and dark trousers and carried a large red plastic carrier bag with reinforced handles. Call police on 101.