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Jewellery dealer loses £1m worth of precious stones in train theft

A jewellery dealer has lost a suitcase containing over £1m of precious stones, as it was stolen from a luggage rack on a Virgin train service.

The 35-year-old dealer was travelling on the 7.03pm London Euston to Birmingham New Street commute on Wednesday 8 November, with the suitcase which contained more than 40 gems including rubies, emeralds and sapphires.

The unnamed man realised his suitcase was missing when the train got to Rugby. However, detective believe the case was stolen at around 6.30pm, before the train left Euston.

Police want to speak to a dark-haired man who was spotted on CCTV who they believe is of interest.

Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Nick Thompson said: “I would like to speak to the man in the CCTV images about this extremely high value luggage theft.

“I’d also like to hear from anyone who was on board the train or at Euston station on Wednesday evening, who may have seen a man acting suspiciously. The suitcase was a large black suitcase and contained more than 40 gems such as rubies, emeralds and sapphires.”

British Transport Police are urging anyone with information to call them on 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016, quoting reference number 529 8/11/17.

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Shekina Tuahene

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