22nd Jul, 2019

Elgar artefacts stolen by raiders

Rob George 8th Jul, 2019

MEDALS and a signed photo of Worcestershire composer Sir Edward Elgar which are described a ‘nationally important’ were stolen during a raid at Elgar’s Birthplace in Lower Broadheath.

Staff at the National Trust managed property at The Firs revealed the importance of the artefacts following the theft which took place on June 27 when thieves entered the cottage on the site.

No descriptions have been issued of the raiders who ransacked the property before making away with the items.

The Grand Cross of The Royal Victorian Order (GCVO) was awarded to Elgar for becoming a knight, the Breast Star and the accompanying badge with sash were all taken along with the picture.

Michael Smith, National Trust general manager for South Worcestershire said: “What has happened is very upsetting. The items that have been taken are key elements of our display and are of national significance. It is of paramount importance that we get these returned, they are irreplaceable.”

PC Nick Garth said: “The medals and the signed photograph are of high value to the National Trust and we are appealing for any information relating to their whereabouts.”

Call 101 quoting incident number 22/58084/19 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 with any information.

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