Tyne & Wear

Jewellery taken in Northumberland mansion raid

Stolen necklace
Image caption A diamond necklace was among the items taken

Jewellery worth more than £100,000 has been stolen during a burglary in Northumberland.

The large, detached house in Corbridge, locally named as the home of property tycoon Sir Lawrie Barratt, was targeted by three men on Monday evening.

The haul included ruby and diamond necklaces, bracelets and earrings.

A police spokesman described it as a "distressing incident" for the two occupants, who were present at the time of the burglary.

It is thought the items were stolen for the purpose of being sold, and anyone offered jewellery to buy is asked to contact Northumbria Police.

Det Ch Insp Paul Young said: "Three men were involved with this incident.

"They would have had to get through the garden to gain entry to the property so we believe they may have had torches and possibly a vehicle.

"I would appeal to anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious to come forward."

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