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 Historic trophies stolen in golf club burglary discovered in River Wear

 27/04/2020

AN eagle-eyed family out for a riverside walk have recovered a number of historic trophies stolen in a golf club burglary.
 
Twelve trophies and a commemorative plate were found in the River Wear at Sunderland at the weekend.
 
Detectives have now confirmed the sporting trophies were among items stolen during a burglary at Chester-le-Street Golf Club on April 5, including The Hermitage Cup, which dates back to 1912.
 
Although most of the missing items taken during the burglary remain outstanding, golf club officials are said to be “ecstatic” that some have now been recovered.
 
The trophies were taken during the burglary which took place at around 8.30pm on Sunday, April 5. Intruders forced entry to the clubhouse and took around 40 pieces of silverware from the trophy cabinet before leaving the area in a vehicle.
 
On Sunday, a family were walking along the riverbanks near the former Golden Lion pub at South Hylton when something caught their eye.
 
Detective constable Chris Bentham said: “A lady got in touch with us to say she had been out walking with her partner and son when they noticed something glinting in the deep mud near the riverbank.
 
“They went home to retrieve some wellies and waded out into the river where they have recovered the trophies, then took them home to clean them up.
 
“The trophies have suffered some damage but they are intact and are clearly identifiable.
 
“The family have done extremely well to recover them and the club are ecstatic because the trophies have a real sentimental value”.
 
Police have now issued a fresh appeal for information about the burglary to get in touch.
 
DC Bentham said: “We’d like to hear from anyone with any information about the burglary or has been offered trophies for sale.
 
“We would particularly like to hear from anyone with information on where theses trophies have been since the burglary and how they ended up in the river”.
 
Anyone with information is asked to call DC Bentham on 101 quoting incident number 440 of April 5.