Insurers are offering a “substantial” reward after raiders stole £700,000 of family heirlooms from a stately home in West Sussex. Lord and Lady March were tied up and assaulted by thieves who broke into Goodwood House, near Chichester, on 13 January. Lady March was disturbed at around 4.30am by an intruder who climbed through an upstairs window.
He shoved at her and hit Lord March, injuring his ear. Lady March was then compelled to open a safe containing valuable jewellery.
After tying up the couple and helping himself to the contents, the burglar made off. He took more than 40 items, including an 1820 diamond tiara worth nearly GBP400,000 , diamond necklaces, bracelets, rings and several luxury watches.
Among other things stolen were an emerald intaglio and diamond ring from 1800, engraved together with the Duchess’s coronet and monogram CL mistress of Charles II, for Louise de Keroualle.