'Priceless' watches are stolen

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POLICE searched visitors after two valuable antique watches described as 'priceless and irreplaceable' were stolen during an exhibition at the headquarters of Britain's watch and clock-makers.

A steward spotted that the gold watches were missing from an unlocked glass display cabinet at the annual National Exhibition of Time at the British Horological Institute's centre in Upton Hall, near Newark, Nottinghamshire.

The three-day exhibition was crowded on its second day on Saturday when the alarm was raised.

Geoffrey Evans, the institute's national secretary, said: 'The thief knew exactly what he was after among the hundreds of exhibits and he knew exactly where to find them.' Searches of the visitors and the building failed to find the watches, which were on loan from Norwich Museum.