A homeowner had several antique paintings and a piece of Elizabeth II silverware stolen while they were on holiday. 

Police are appealing for witnesses and information about the burglary, which happened on Frenchgate in Richmond.

Darlington and Stockton Times: An Elizabeth II silver punch bowl An Elizabeth II silver punch bowl (Image: NORTH YORKSHIRE POLICE)

It happened between January 30 this year and February while the resident was away, with the antiques and artwork that were stolen said to be worth several thousand pounds.

Darlington and Stockton Times: The Distant Valley painting The Distant Valley painting (Image: NORTH YORKSHIRE POLICE)

The stolen items are very distinctive and include two paintings, one called ‘Distant Valley' by local artist Lynn Ward, a picture by French artist Valette, and a silver Elizabeth II punchbowl.

Darlington and Stockton Times: A picture of the Valette paintingA picture of the Valette painting (Image: NORTH YORKSHIRE POLICE)

Following the burglary, North Yorkshire Police have warned people if they have been offered any of the items for sale or know where they are now.

The police force also wants people to get in touch if they have any information about the burglary or saw any suspicious activity or people in Frenchgate over the period when the burglary occurred.

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation should email michael.smith@northyorkshire.police.uk or call North Yorkshire Police on 101, selecting option 2, and asking for PC Michael Smith.

People should quote the North Yorkshire Police reference number 12240023048 when giving information.