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Russell-Cotes mausoleum doors stolen in Bournemouth

The stolen doors from the Russell-Cotes mausoleum
Image caption The doors feature a 16-leaf chrysanthemum design

A "distinctive" pair of bronze ornamental doors have been stolen from a mausoleum belonging to one of Bournemouth's founding families.

The doors, a 16-leaf chrysanthemum design, were taken from the stone-built Russell-Cotes mausoleum at the cemetery off Wimborne Road.

The theft was spotted by the cemetery supervisor on Monday.

Police believe several people would have been needed to lift the doors off their hinge posts.

Pc Katharine Dean said: "These ornamental doors are very distinctive and someone somewhere, perhaps several people, must know of their whereabouts and may know who stole them."

The doors, which are 0.75in (1.9cm) thick, have the name "Russell" on the left-hand door and "Cotes" on the right-hand door.

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