Rare historical artefacts stolen from Biel House, Dunbar

Rare historical artefacts stolen from Biel House, Dunbar

Originally published by Police Scotland

Police in East Lothian are appealing for information after items from a rare collection of historical artefacts were stolen during a housebreaking in Stenton, Dunbar.

The housebreaking happened at Biel House, Stenton at some point between 4pm on Tuesday 4th October and 9am on 5th October, possibly overnight.

The items include ancient Egyptian artefacts, historical swords, daggers, spears and arrows and are estimated to be worth a four-figure sum.

Officers are now asking anyone who was in the area at the time or who has been offered any of these items for sale, to please get in touch.

Police Constable Karen Hamilton said:

“These artefacts have been in the museum at Biel House for many years and we are keen to make sure these are returned to where they belong.

“Anyone who is offered one of these rare items is asked to contact officers on 101.”

Alternatively they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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