Stolen Civic ChainsPublished Thursday, 13 June 2019
Help us find four sets of mayoral chains stolen from the Ribble Valley Civic Suite in the early hours of Monday.
The silver and gilt chains and badges have a scrap value of only a few hundred pounds, but are unique and irreplaceable.
Thieves smashed several display cases in the suite, situated in Church Street, Clitheroe, before making off with the chains dating to the 1960s from the former Bowland, Clitheroe and Blackburn Rural District Councils.
The theft constitutes the loss of important and unique civic artefacts, and we are asking anyone with information to come forward.
The items, crafted from silver and enamelled gilt, have the following marks: Bowland Rural District Council – 66g and 74g badges engraved ‘I will lift up mine eyes’ and hallmarked 1966 London S&S Ltd, and 214g chain hallmarked 1961 London S&S Ltd; Rural District Council of Clitheroe – 146g badge engraved ‘Nostrum Est Rura Tueri’ and 270g chain hallmarked 1958 London S&S Ltd; Rural District Council of Blackburn – 102g badge engraved ‘Serva Fidem’ and 350g chain hallmarked 1954 London EB; and 270g badge and chain engraved ‘This regalia was presented in 1965 for the use of the Chairman’s Lady’ and hallmarked 1965 Birmingham Thomas Fatorrini.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the police in confidence on 101, quoting the log number: LC-20190610-0408.