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Peer's wife robbed of jewellery

Police were last night hunting three masked raiders who escaped with thousands of pounds of jewellery from the mansion of Lord and Lady McGowan after handcuffing the couple to a radiator.

Duncan McGowan, 58, and his wife Gillie, 55, were alone at their mansion near Alton, Hampshire, when the men forced their way in and threatened them with a gun.

The couple watched as their safe was emptied of all Lady McGowan's jewellery - including a brooch, copied from one worn by the Duchess of York. Lady McGowan managed to knock a phone to the floor and dialled 999.