Tro­phies and cash taken from cham­pion

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

A gang of bala­clava-clad rob­bers smashed their way into the home of a world cham­pion clay-shooter and took thou­sands of pounds in cash as well as some of his shot­guns and tro­phies.

Ge­orge Dig­weed, who has strong links to Wit­ter­sham, was in his lounge with wife Kate when the men broke through the french win­dow at the back of his home us­ing a ham­mer in Nor­thiam near Rye in Sus­sex on Sun­day night.

He was in­jured when one of the four men hit him on the head while the oth­ers helped them­selves to thou­sands of pounds from the safe.

The rob­bers then or­dered his wife to hand over the keys to a Toy­ota Hilux out­side dur­ing the vi­o­lent at­tack.

Mr Dig­weed runs the com- mer­cial shoot at Ow­ley Farm and the Ge­orge Dig­weed Sport­ing Agency in Wit­ter­sham and has had a glit­ter­ing ca­reer in the sport.

In Au­gust he clinched his 26th world ti­tle, which adds to 18 Euro­pean cham­pi­onships and hun­dreds of other com­pe­ti­tion vic­to­ries in the sport.

The rob­bers are be­lieved to have snatched a num­ber of his tro­phies of his suc­cesses, as well as two shot­guns for which he owned a li­cence.

They then sped off from the drive­way in the black Toy­ota.

Sus­sex Po­lice has launched an ap­peal for wit­nesses to the in­ci­dent which took place at 8pm at the prop­erty in Ewhurst Lane in Nor­thiam on Sun­day night.

Det Insp Rob Mor­land said: “This vi­o­lent but iso­lated in­ci­dent has un­der­stand­ably been a dis­tress­ing or­deal for the vic­tims.

“I would urge any­one who was in the area and saw some­thing sus­pi­cious to get in touch.”

Wit­nesses can email 101@ sus­sex.pnn.po­lice.uk or call 101 and quote Op­er­a­tion Dean­sway.

Wit­nesses can also con­tact Crimestop­pers anony­mously on 0800 555 111 or visit www. crimestop­pers.org for more in­for­ma­tion.

Ge­orge Dig­weed was robbed in his home

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