Lord March’s Goodwood House Has Been Robbed

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Disaster struck for the famous Lord March, as a masked burglar broke into his house in Goodwood, West Sussex, at 4:30 in the morning a few days ago, and left with around 700,000 pounds worth of antique and diamond jewelry.
Police officials believe the burglar, who might be part of a gang, used a ladder to break in through a first-floor window. The noise woke up Lady March, who went to investigate but ran into the robber outside the door. She was then pushed back in, and when the Lord came to help her, the burglar hit him in the head, causing an injury to his ear.

After forcing Lady March to open the safe, the robber tied them both and escaped with a historic emerald and diamond ring given to the mistress of Charles II, 40 unique items including an 1820 diamond tiara worth around 400,000 pounds, a 19th century diamond necklace worth 200,000 pounds, several high-value watches, such as a Rolex and a Girard-Perregaux, emerald, diamond and sapphire rings, earrings, bracelets and necklaces.

The royal couple remained tied until later in the morning when they were discovered by a staff member, who also called the police.

The last 48 hours have been challenging, and I would like to thank Sussex Police, my team here at Goodwood and the local and national Press for their support. I am pleased to tell you that we are both recovering and entirely focused on providing the police with anything that may help recover the stolen items, some of which have such personal significance and others such historical value,” Lord March, also known as Charles Gordon-Lennox, stated.

Police are currently investigating and will focus mostly on whether the crime was planned during a visit to a part of the house sometimes open to the public and on finding out if the burglar was targeting particular items of high value. According to Daily Mail, a 26-year-old man from Hampshire was arrested, but he was later released on bail pending further inquiries.

Detective Inspector Till Sanderson said that “The theft of these beautiful and treasured items has left Lord, and Lady March devastated at their loss. Forensic teams are working with detectives to investigate the circumstances, and we are appealing for anyone who saw any suspicious activity during that night up until 7 am or in the previous days to contact us. We are doing all we can try to trace the stolen treasures, liaising with auction houses, stately homes, dealers and those with specialist knowledge.”

For those of you who don’t know, March is a true petrolhead and it was his grandfather who brought motor sport to Goodwood, by opening the Goodwood Motor Circuit in 1948. Lord March established the Festival of Speed at Goodwood House in 1993, and the rest is history.
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