Surrey

Antique paddle-steamer plaque stolen in Sunbury

Antique wall plaque of Princess Alice, from sunken steamer Princess Alice in 1878 Image copyright Surrey Police
Image caption The wooden wall plaque was recovered from the paddle steamer, The Princess Alice, in the late 1800s

An antique wall plaque from a wooden paddle-steamer which sank in the River Thames in 1878 has been stolen from a property in Surrey.

The circular wooden artefact went missing between 4 and 17 December from Batavia Road, in Sunbury-on-Thames.

It has a carved face of Princess Alice in the centre, with a slight chip on her nose.

The theft has only just been revealed by police, who said the plaque was worth about £800 when valued in 2004.

It was recovered from the paddle-steamer, The Princess Alice.

PC Kelly Camm said: "The owner is extremely upset by the loss of this irreplaceable plaque that has huge sentimental value and has been a family heirloom since the late 1800s."

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