Renewed appeal after theft of £20,000 worth of fishing equipment

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POLICE are continuing to appeal for information after a high-value burglary at Chatton Trout Fishery in north Northumberland.

Officers are especially keen for anyone in the Northumberland, Durham and Sunderland areas who may have been offered any of the stolen items for sale or who may have been given them as Christmas presents to come forward and speak to police.

A reward of £500 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the burglary which happened between 4pm on December 15 and 3am on December 16.

Thieves broke into a lodge building on the site and stole more than 25 specialist fishing rods, a large quantity of polo shirts, fleeces, jackets, fishing equipment bags, boxes of fishing flys and fishing lines.

The polo shirt and fleeces bear the round logo of Chatton Trout Fishery and the jacket is a specialist Gore-Tex fishing jacket by Greys GRXi. The fishing rods are by Greys, G-Loomis and Sharpes of Aberdeen.

Berwick Neighbourhood Inspector Sharon Wilmore-Greaves said: “In total we believe that over £20,000 worth of equipment was taken in the burglary and due to the location of the lodge we think that someone with a knowledge of the fisheries may have been responsible.

“A lot of people come from the Durham, Chester-le-Street and Sunderland areas to fish and I’d appeal for anyone who may have been offered any of the items taken for sale to come forward with information.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Police on 101 ext 69191.