Stolen tack goes on view in West Sussex on Saturday

  • Do you live in West Sussex, south Surrey and east Hampshire and have had tack stolen over the past few months?

    Sussex Police are holding a viewing of recovered tack on Saturday (19 June) in Midhurst.

    A joint operation by police in the three counties began after a horse owner spotted their stolen saddle on e-Bay. It lead to the recovery of £60,000-worth of tack in raids at addresses in Hampshire and Surrey.

    The tack includes £25,000-worth of saddles stolen from the Fernhurst area on the Sussex/Surrey border. Police believe a number of the items are hand-made.

    Of 22 saddles recovered, only 11 have been claimed.

    Detective Constable Michael McKee said: “We have been delighted to pass property back to their rightful owners and are now eager to see the remaining items claimed.

    “I’d urge people to come and view the items if they believe they may have been a victim.”

    The tack will be on display from 11.30am until 3.30pm at St Mary’s and St Francis Church, Bepton Road, Midhurst, West Sussex GU29 9HD.

    No property will be restored on the day, but owners who are able to identify and prove ownership will be reunited with their items at a later date.

    A 34-year-old man from Woolbeding, West Sussex, a 37-year-old man from Bordon, Hampshire, and a 56-year-old man and a 54-year-old woman from Godalming, Surrey. were arrested and bailed for the thefts.

    • For more information ring Sussex Police on 0845 60 70 999.

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