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Thieves steal antiques worth £1m

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Rare antiques estimated to be worth around £1 million have been stolen from an East Sussex house.

Graham Harkin, from Wakefield, West Yorkshire, has been charged with the burglary of various items including two identical Sevres porcelain vases made in 1763 and a Hollandaise Nouveau vase.

The mansion Firle Place, near Lewes - has been in the Gage family for more than 500 years and has featured in many TV shows like Jonathan Creek due to the naturally beautiful location that it is situated in. The estate is located at the foot of the South Downs.

A Sussex Police spokeswoman said that Harkin, 58, will appear at the Lewes Magistrates' Court on September 1.

She also said that the stolen property is yet to be recovered.

The Gage family can expect £1 million in insurance payouts if the antiques are not recovered. However, if that is the case, the family would have lost priceless heirlooms.

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