Detectives in Shrewsbury are trying to trace the owner of a jewellery box which was found dumped in a hedge.
The red leatherette jewellery box was spotted in Ellesmere Road, near the Herongate estate by Detective Constable Dave Parker on Thursday.
Among the items found in the box is a child’s gold ring, believed to be a Christening or communion ring. Police say the box may have sentimental value and are anxious to reunite it with its owners.
Due to its condition and that of the jewellery inside, police believe it is likely to have been in the hedge and exposed to the elements for some time.
They also believe it initially contained more items than those found.
Checks of police systems to try and identify the owner have so far drawn a blank.
“The majority of the items left in it would be considered costume jewellery, suggesting whoever stole this has unfortunately probably removed anything of value before dumping it,” said DC Parker.
“However, there are some distinctive pieces that will have meant a lot to the owner, including a child’s gold ring, possibly a Christening or Communion ring.
“There is also a Next watch, two sterling silver cross pendants, a brooch in the shape of a parrot, a gold stud earring in the shape of an aeroplane and a Timex watch with a broken bracelet.”
Contact DC Parker at Shrewsbury Police Station on 101.