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UK. Watch stolen from Lowestoft and East Suffolk Maritime Museum

Watch stolen from Lowestoft museum

05 May 2009

A POCKET watch presented as a mark of gratitude for bravery after a daring sea rescue has been stolen from a museum in Lowestoft.

The antique gold watch was taken in a break-in at the Lowestoft and East Suffolk Maritime Museum in Sparrows Nest Gardens.

Now the museum’s chairman has appealed for information to help return it to its rightful place.

Chairman Peter Parker said: “The watch is a valuable part of our collection. It has an inscription inside saying it was a present to a Mr W Briggs, skipper of the Sentinel Star steam drifter, in acknowledgement of the rescue of the steam drifter Dorothy Rose on October 18, 1920, and it was issued by the Board of Trade.

“Apart from the inscription, it just looks like an ordinary gold pocket watch.

“Whoever broke in through the side door on the main road just broke the glass cabinet. We have lots of other trophies in there but that’s the only thing they took.”

The museum is currently closed to the public as its display and exhibition space is being extended thanks to a £350,000 Heritage Lottery grant.

This is not the first time the museum has been targeted by thieves. In February last year, someone drove a motorbike through the reception door of the museum before stealing part of a historical diver’s suit from a glass cabinet.

Anyone who was in the area around the time of the theft, about 10pm on April 25, or who may have information where the watch is now should call Lowestoft police on 01986 835300.

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