Thieves steal £20,000 worth of watches

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DESIGNER watches and jewellery worth thousands of pounds have been stolen from a house in Chester-le-Street.

Thieves targeted a home in Durham Road on the day of Grand National.

The haul, worth more than £20,000, includes an 18-carat gold pocket watch, which belonged to the victim’s great-grandfather and sparked his interest in collecting watches.

Also stolen were an IWC GST limited edition Saint Exupery watch, valued at £2,650 and a steel bracelet strap; Rolex Milguass GV watch, valued at £4,195; IWC Aquatimer 2000 watch, valued at £3,270, and a rubber strap for that model, valued at £180; Laco Uhrenmanufaktur Paderborn watch, valued at £561, and a leather strap, valued at £75; Rolex Submariner date watch, valued at £5,700; Panerai Radiomir California three-days watch, valued at £5,600; a gold Star of David pendant and about £200 in pound coins.

Each of the stolen watches is marked with a unique registration number.

The break-in took place between 2pm on April 5, and just after midnight the next day.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101.