Police Seek Medals Stolen From Kedleston Hall

Officers investigating a high value theft from Kedleston Hall are appealing for the public’s help to locate the missing items.

On Wednesday, August 15 it was reported that a locked cabinet was broken into and nine gold commemorative medals were stolen from the National Trust property Kedleston Hall.

The medals were forcibly taken from a secure case on the ground floor of the hall.

Fiona Messham, Head of House and Collections at the property stated: “It’s incredibly sad that someone would steal such precious and significant objects. We’re working closely with the police to investigate and reviewing CCTV footage whilst implementing extra measures to ensure the security of the rest of the collection and wider property.

PC Julie Pearson who is investigating said: “This is an unusual theft of a number of high value, sentimental items.

“We are appealing to the public and in particular antiques dealers to contact us if they see any of these items, or if anyone tries to sell them on.”

The medals are all from the reigns of Queen Victoria and King Edward VII and are part of the rich heritage of Derbyshire and the Curzon family’s involvement with British rule in India in particular, owing to Lord Curzon being the 16th Viceroy and Governor-General of India.  The police are seeking the public’s help to restore them to their rightful place in the public museum where everyone can see this history.

If you have any information which may assist with enquiries, please get in touch with police using one of the following non-emergency contact methods.

Please quote the reference number 18000387440 and the name of the officer in the case, PC Julie Pearson, in any correspondence.

You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Please note in the event of an emergency you should always call 999.

Clare Washbrook

Professional editor, journalist, writer. Lived in Belper for nearly 2 decades BA(Hons) English/Theatre, Post-grads in Journalism, Ethics and Law. First an editor in chief in 1995. Community affiliations: Poppy Installations for WWI Centenary, Belper Goes Green, formerly Amber Valley Solidarity for Refugees. No political party memberships.

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