Silverware taken in raid on Old Portsmouth home

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TREASURED silverware was stolen from the house of a couple in their 90s while they slept.

Burglars broke into their home in Pembroke Road, Old Portsmouth, and helped themselves to their most sentimental possessions.

Several items of engraved silverware were taken, along with a Toshiba flat screen TV.

The break-in happened while the homeowners slept upstairs between 11.15pm and Friday, August 19 and 6am the next day.

Police say some of the silverware has since been found in a hedge in Southsea.

Detective Inspector Steve Edbury said: ‘This was a despicable crime committed against a couple aged in their 90s.

‘They were not harmed, but are clearly upset about this invasion of their home, and the cruel theft of personal possessions with tremendous sentimental value.’

A 20-year-old man from Portsmouth was arrested on suspicion of burglary, questioned by police, and bailed until October 25.