Crimewatch appeal over Surrey museum rhino head theft

CCTV images of four men police want to speak to about the theft of a rhino head from a Surrey museum
Image caption Police want to speak to four men who visited the museum just before the theft

Police hunting thieves who stole a rhinoceros head from a Surrey museum say they may be responsible for similar thefts across the UK and Europe.

They believe the burglary at Haslemere Educational Museum in May is part of a wider criminal operation dealing in the lucrative trade in rhinoceros horns.

The theft is being featured on BBC1's Crimewatch show on Thursday.

Police want to hear from anyone who has seen the head or recognises three men who were seen in the museum.

Other zoos targeted

Rhinocerso horns are a popular ingredient in some alternative medicines.

The head was taken in a break-in in the early hours of 27 May.

Det Con Dave Pellatt, of Surrey Police, said: "It is believed these men may have targeted other museums and zoos across the country and into Europe and we are desperate to track them down and bring them to justice.

"If anyone believes they have seen this item, or may have any other information which could aid the investigation, they are asked to contact officers immediately."

Crimewatch is on BBC1 on 22 September at 21:00 BST.

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