Multimillionaire’s jewellery stolen in home raid

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Barratt Homes founder ‘traumatised by burglary’

Police are searching for a trio of men wanted in connection with a robbery at the home of Sir Lawrie Barratt, founder of the Barratt Homes empire. 

The robbery, which took place at Barrat’s home in Corbridge, Northumberland, happened shortly before 5.45pm on Monday January 10. A "quantity of jewellery" was taken, including a ruby and diamond suite said to be worth several thousand pounds. 

Three men are described as entering the property while "the occupants of the home were present"; one is said to have been carrying a crowbar. All are described as wearing dark clothing and balaclavas, and are believed to have spoken with Scottish accents. No one was hurt in the raid, but Sir Barratt – who is in his 80s – was "left shaken".

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Speaking of the incident, Sergeant Andy Fairlamb of the Northumbria Police said: "Thankfully the occupants were not hurt but this was a distressing incident for them. I would like to re-assure the community that we are doing everything we possibly can to find those responsible and I would appeal to anyone who may have any information about this incident to come forward.’

Photos of the pieces have been released and include a yellow gold, diamond and ruby suite alongside strings of pearls and ruby studs. Sergeant Fairlamb added: ‘I would ask people to look closely at the photos of the stolen items. If you are approached by anyone selling jewellery which may look like these items, please speak to the police."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 03456 043 043.

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