Mystery woman sought after country house burglary

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Detectives investigating a country house burglary in East Sussex are appealing to a mystery woman to come forward.

Sometime between Wednesday, December 18 and the late evening of Friday, December 20, the four-bedroom detached period house, in the heart of Ashdown Forest, east of Wych Cross, was entered and silverware and many other items were stolen from the kitchen and a bedroom, with a total estimated value of some £10,000.

Items included silver cutlery, special silver such as a cake stand, ladle, teapot, earrings and rings, chocolates and wine.

At about 12.30pm on the Wednesday, a woman at the house answered the door to a delivery firm driver, and signed in the name of the owners for a parcel - but the owners were away and do not know who she is.

The woman, described as white, in her 40s, about 5ft 2in, of slim build, with dark swept back hair, answered the door and signed for the parcel from the delivery driver. She spoke with what is described as an English accent.

Detective Constable Gary Baker, of the East Sussex Priority Crime Team, said: “We want to trace this woman, also anyone who has been offered items of this type recently, and anyone who saw anything suspicious around Wych Cross, east of the A22 in the Colemans Hatch Road area, between December 18 and 20.

“If you can help, please contact us via 101 or email quoting Serial 0806 of 21/12. You can also the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”