Stoke & Staffordshire

Crimewatch appeal over burglary at Phones4U tycoon's home

John Caudwell
Image caption John Caudwell suffered a cut to the head and bruising

A reconstruction of a burglary at the home of mobile phone tycoon John Caudwell is to be featured on the BBC's Crimewatch programme.

The businessmen sustained a gash to his forehead when he was attacked by masked robbers who stole cash and jewellery.

The Phones4U founder was at home in Eccleshall, Staffordshire, with his partner Claire and another woman when the men struck last November.

An insurance company has put up a £50,000 reward, police said.

Mr Caudwell and his partner, who was not injured, will speak about their ordeal on the BBC1 programme on Thursday evening.

'Dedicated team'

Police said the reconstruction will show the offenders going through the house taking a substantial amount of jewellery and cash before escaping across fields surrounding the property, Broughton Hall.

Items taken included a Chanel diamond watch, gold Breitling watch and a diamond necklace.

Det Ch Insp Tim Martin, who is leading the investigation, said: "Our detailed investigation is on-going, and we have a dedicated team of detectives pursuing a number of lines of inquiry.

"We are appealing for people to contact us to give us any information they may have regarding the burglary and the jewellery that was stolen."

The reward is for information which directly results in the conviction of the offenders and the substantial recovery of property stolen, the spokesman added.

A 47-year-old man from Liverpool who was arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary remains on police bail pending further enquiries.

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