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Burgled horse lover offers £1,000 reward

PUBLISHED: 10:06 10 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:11 13 July 2010

A horse lover, whose lifetime collection of harnesses has been stolen, is offering a £1,000 reward in a bid to get them back.

John Wright is a familiar sight in the lanes of around Aylsham driving his horse and cart, which also appears at weddings and shows.

A horse lover, whose lifetime collection of harnesses has been stolen, is offering a £1,000 reward in a bid to get them back.

John Wright is a familiar sight in the lanes of around Aylsham driving his horse and cart, which also appears at weddings and shows.

The 73-year-old son of a horseman has always enjoyed carriages, but it has been his life since he had to retire as a scrap dealer 10 years ago because of a brain tumour.

But his collection of horse equipment has been depleted by theft of 16 sets of harnesses and a pair of brass lamps in the early hours of Thursday October 9.

Wife Pauline said: “He is devastated. He's always been a man to collect things, and said it was his grandchildren's inheritance.”

The haul is worth thousands of pounds, but they were also of sentimental value and could not really be replaced.

The couple, who had just returned from holiday to their home in Eagle Road, Erpingham, slept through the break-in, and only realised something was wrong when they found a whip in the yard the next morning.

“We found the whip, then a strap on the lawn, and could see footmarks in the dew where people had dragged stuff away,” said Mrs Wright.

Her husband regularly drives carriages around the area, including to Aylsham sale, usually taking out his horse Zorro with a rally cart.

The £1,000 reward is for information leading to the conviction of those responsible and recovery of the goods. Contact Lisa Rogers at North Walsham police station on 0845 456 4567 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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