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Wiltshire Police appeal for witnesses to overnight theft
3:30pm Monday 14th October 2013 in News
Marlborough's mayoral chains have been stolen during a burglary of the town council offices.
Wiltshire Police are now appealing for witnesses to the burglary, which happened between 7.30pm on Sunday and 8am today at the Marlborough Town Council offices in the High Street.
The mayor’s ceremonial chains are said to be very distinctive, being made up of gold links. They feature the borough coat of arms.
Inspector Mark Thompson, of Wiltshire Police, said: “The chains obviously hold huge sentimental value to the town and the local council.
“I would urge anyone who has information on this burglary or who may have witnessed anything suspicious in or around the town hall on Sunday evening or the early hours of this morning to contact Wiltshire Police immediately.
“I would also like to hear from anyone, in particular jewellers, who might have been offered this item to buy.”
Marlborough mayor Guy Loosmoore said: “This is a sad day.
"Something of such enormous significance to the people of Marlborough has been taken.
"Whilst important, its monetary value is nothing compared to what it means to the history and dignity of local people. I am just really grateful that no member of the public, councillor or our own staff were injured.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.