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Murder and theft of coins Cambridgeshire

On the evening of Saturday 17th December 2011, 76 year old Llywelyn Thomas was murdered in his home in Chittering, Cambridgeshire, during what police believe was a burglary gone wrong.

Llywelyn was last seen alive by his son Richard who left the property at around 7pm. At 8.50pm Llywelyn received a telephone call from a friend. That call ended at 9.24pm. Detectives think two or more intruders arrived at the property sometime after that phone call ended.

The house is located on the A10 and is difficult to reach on foot. Police believe the intruders may have arrived by car then blagged their way into the house. Llywelyn was subjected to a violent assault and suffered significant head injuries. He was beaten around the head with a blunt instrument, such as a poker or a crowbar. The murder weapon has not yet been found.

Several items were stolen from the property, including three watches and a collection of coins.

The coin collection was the victim’s son’s own collection from childhood and although not particularly valuable there are some distinctive coins as follows:

A 1668 Robert Brooke halfpenny. This has initials RB on one side and on the other side “his halfpenny”. Richard states that there are probably no more than 20 of such coins per year that come available. There was also a Kennedy half dollar and a Churchill silver crown.

The coins were kept in transparent leaves in a landscape shaped burgundy coloured vinyl ring binder, . The folder was then kept in a burgundy open ended sleeve. Depending on the size of the coins there would have been possibly 10 per transparent page.

Richard would say there were less than 100 coins in total but more than 40/50. Many of the coins were old sterling.

Police would ask that collectors keep a look out for any of these items and in particular if they are presented together.

Please contact 01480 422777 or 0345 456 4564 and ask to speak about Op SEABROOK
Detective Constable Mel Telford 1772
Herts/Beds/Cambs Major Crime Unit

Date posted: 17 May 2012