Police probe £25,000 antiques raid in Cupar

Middlefield House, Cupar
Middlefield House, Cupar
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Police are hunting thieves who stole at least £25,000 worth of antiques from a Cupar mansion.

Historic Middlefield House was broken into while owners the O’Brien family were on holiday.

They returned last Thursday to find a host of valuable items missing.

Thomas O’Brien told the Fife Herald: “They broke in through a window and left using the front door.

“Basically, they took every ornament and lamp — anything they thought looked like an antique.

“It amounts to between £25,000 and £35,000 worth of items.”

He went on: “The main items stolen were two five or six-foot Chinese vases, a three-foot bronze statue of a horse and jockey, a bronze samurai statue and a bronze hunting Indian statue.

“There were also things of sentimental value, such as a set of 60-year-old Canadian moose antlers that belonged to my parents.

“We would like everything returned.”

Eight-bedroom Middlefield House is a Georgian mansion dating from around 1750.

It is situated in 10 acres of land just to the north of Cupar and has previously been valued at almost £1 million.

The break-in took place at some point during the three weeks up to last Thursday.

Fife Constabulary is investigating the incident and has appealed to the public for assistance.

Police would like to hear from anyone who may have information relating to the break-in, including people — particularly those in the antiques trade — who have been offered unusual or distinctive items for sale.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 0845 600 5702 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.