Met police release images of stolen Asian jewels

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Flickr album features more than 40 items in bid to trace owners.

London’s Metropolitan Police has revealed more than 40 images of stolen goods, specifically Asian gold jewellery and Asian ornaments, in a bid to trace the owners.

The items, many of which have a high-value, were seized during police raids. They are thought to have been taken from addresses across the UK, not just in London.

Many of the items are of south Asian origin and include suites of fine gold jewellery, gold pendants with engraved manuscripts, fine gold bangles and an unusual ring of an owl’s head, set with emeralds.

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Silver or fine white metal religious ornaments, including a statuette of Hindu god Ganesha, were also recovered as well as coins featuring Hindu images.

The haul of jewellery and goods recovered by the Metropolitan Police‘s Operation Maxim, following burglaries across the UK.

Operation Maxim’s Detective Sergeant Ian Gibson, who is leading the investigation, said: "Many of these items are unique. Some feature engravings of names and what we believe is Hindi script. There are a number of items, featuring Hindu and other religious imagery.

"Given the unique nature of these items, we suspect that they are family heirlooms or ceremonial pieces, and that they will hold sentimental value for the owners.”

Gibson said the police are very keen to return the items, and are urging anyone who has had something like this stolen to look at the photos, even if they have never lived in London, or have moved away from the capital.

The Met Police has published pictures of 43 items on Flickr, which can be viewed by following this link.

Anyone who recognises the stolen goods is asked to email MaximAppeal@met.police.uk or call 020 8649 3980.
 

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