Clarinets stolen from Bognor Regis home

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POLICE are appealing for information after valuable musical instruments were stolen in a Bognor Regis burglary.

Sometime between 1am and noon on December 10, the unsecured door of a Hawthorn Road home was opened and the property taken.

The missing items include a LeBlanc contrabass 2 low D Clarinet, engraved “KILEEN SCHOOL” and dated about 1950, in a black case about 5ft long and 1ft square. The clarinet looks like a giant paper clip covered in pads and levers.

An Alto clarinet in a black case, with the word “Newcastle” stencilled on the front in white, but this had been painted over.

A Soprano clarinet B flat of Coueson make, pre-war. This clarinet is unusual as it is in one piece with no centre joint unlike most clarinets. It was in a brown long thin case with a fake snake skin pattern.

The clarinets are together valued at nearly £3,000.

A Apple laptop, Sony E-reader in a brown case, and a Beeman air pistol which looks similar to a black Desert Eagle or Colt 1911 type pistol were also taken. A Sussex Police spokesman said;”We are keen to hear from anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the Hawthorn Road area.

“Also, if you have been offered any such items or have any knowledge of those responsible please call Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 0424 of 11/12. You can also call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”