DETECTIVES investigating a burglary at a farm near Northallerton have urged people to look out for distinctive items which were stolen in the raid.

A wooden mounted engraved ostrich egg depicting Aboriginal scenes, a Beswick pottery pheasant and a pair of tiger claw gold cufflinks engraved with the initials MM were among the haul.

The raid took place at property at Little Smeaton on December 16 and officers are appealing to anyone, particularly people who work in auction houses or antiques dealers, to keep an eye out for the stolen items.

Anyone who can help should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option two and ask for Detective Constable Debra Verrill or Northallerton CID.

Alternatively, information can be emailed to or Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800-555-111.