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Burglary at stately home in south east Cornwall

Burglary at stately home in south east Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 5:16pm 5th December 2019. (Updated at 9:10am 6th December 2019)

A police investigation has launched after a burglary at a stately home in south east Cornwall.

The incident is reported to have taken place at around 5.50am on Thursday morning at Mount Edgcumbe House in Torpoint.

Officers say entry had been gained to the property where an untidy search was carried out and a number of items taken.

The items include a Dell Latitude 5490 laptop, a Dell 24 inch flat screen monitor (type P24 19H) and a Lenovo Smart Tam M10.

"We’re keen to speak to anyone who was in the area the time and anyone who visited the property on Wednesday 4th December and saw anything suspicious.

"We’d like to identify and speak to a man who visited the house shortly before closing on Wednesday and may have information vital to the investigation. 

"He’s described as a white male, around 6ft tall and of stocky build. He had dark, collar length hair and prominent, crooked top teeth. He was wearing dark blue jeans and a black fleece."

Devon and Cornwall Police

Mount Edgcumbe Torpoint
The Mount Edgcumbe estate in Torpoint, where Devon and Cornwall are investigating a burglary


What is the history of Mount Edgcumbe?

According to the website, Mount Edgcumbe House is the former home of the Earls of Mount Edgcumbe. Surrounded by formal gardens and set in a Grade I listed landscape, the country park covers 865 acres of the Rame Peninsula in South East Cornwall.

Built nearly 100 years before the Mayflower set sail in 1620, the Tudor style mansion stands at the top of an equally ancient double avenue of trees.

The Edgcumbe family can trace their ancestry back over 600 years. It was a timely match when Piers Edgcumbe married Joan Durnford in the 15th century and thus acquired the land on which Mount Edgcumbe now stands.

It created an opportunity to build a house of a size and stature befitting of an increasingly influential family and placed the family firmly on the main route of travel between Cornwall and the rest of England.

In 1515 King Henry VIII issued a license to empark the lands and over 500 years later descendants of the original herds of fallow deer can be seen roaming in the Deer Park: Read more.

Anyone with information about Thursday morning's burglary is asked to contact police on 101, quoting CR/109290/19.

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