Norfolk

Cleaner jailed for heirloom theft from Graham Tweed home

A Norfolk housekeeper has been jailed for six months after stealing family heirlooms worth around £13,000 from a millionaire businessman.

Rosalind Boore, 55, of Ellington Road, Watton, stole items including gold cufflinks, watches and silver salt dishes from Graham Tweed's home.

Boore was paid only "scrap value" for the pieces, Norwich Crown Court heard.

She had worked as a cleaner at Mr Tweed's home, in Saham Toney, near Watton.

The court heard Boore had health problems, was under financial pressure and had only recently told her husband about the offence.

'Sneak thief'

Boore, who had worked for Mr Tweed for 12 years and had her own set of keys to his house, admitted a charge of theft.

Sentencing, Judge Nicholas Coleman said Boore had lost her previous good name and would now be known as a "sneak thief".

He said it was obvious she had "cherry-picked" the valuable items and had acted in "gross breach of trust".

Speaking after the case, Mr Tweed said the offence was "pretty nasty".

"If somebody had taken the chance and broken the door down or a window you could understand it," he said.

"To allow someone in when you're not here and sit quite comfortably away at work in another country, or wherever you are, and then realise someone is doing that is pretty nasty."

Two sets of cufflinks, valued at more than £1,700, have been recovered by police.

A Proceeds of Crime Act hearing will take place in April.

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