Sports clubs are being warned to be on their guard after the latest raid targeting trophies took place at the Goodwood Collection in West Sussex.
Several were stolen during a break-in at the
members' sporting club, The Kennels, on March 11, and a reward is
now being offered. The two most notable trophies seized are The
Mobil Oil Trophy,1931, and The Chichester Show Sheep
The former is by Skinner & Co., London,
and distinctive for its shallow circular bowl supported by
half-clad, winged female figures. It stands 16½in (42cm) high. The
latter is a more typical two-handled cup and cover, by D&J
Welby, London standing 9¾in (25cm) high. However, it is applied
with an oval medallion with the image of three sheep, standing.
The Kennels Club premises at Goodwood, near
Chichester, once housed the Duke of Richmond's hunting hounds, and
were designed by classical architect James Wyatt.
These latest thefts come after a series of
recent raids on golf clubs also targeting trophies at a time of
relatively high bullion values. Since last August a number of clubs
in Surrey have been hit, including Farnham, Hindhead, Tandridge and
the Bramley Golf Club in Guildford. One of the items, the Silver
Frigate Trophy - the emblem of the 116-year-old Farnham Golf Club -
has been valued at £100,000).
A website, www.golfclubmanagement.net, reported: "In
August, Branshaw Golf Club in Yorkshire had 12 trophies - which
were later recovered - stolen, while last month Seaford Golf Club
had 20 trophies taken, which were later found destroyed in a
burnt-out car. Windlesham and Laleham golf clubs, both in Surrey,
have also been hit." Bamburgh Golf Club in the North East was also
said to have been a target.
If you have any information on the Goodwood theft contact police
by calling 101. The crime serial reference is 2394 of 110313.