Thieves make off with prize-winning cheeses
A Somerset cheesemaker has offered a £500 ($650) reward after two of its finest vintage cheddars were stolen during a prestigious show.
The judges at the Yeovil show had crowned the two hefty blocks of cheese champion and reserve champion and the specimens were left in a marquee overnight so that they could be admired by members of the public next day.
Thieves took the blocks, weighing 20kg each and with a retail value of around £800, and the winners’ certificates from the tent.
The cheesemakers at Wyke Farms in Bruton, Somerset, were upset that two of the best blocks they had ever produced have vanished.
Rich Clothier, a third-generation cheesemaker and the managing director of Wyke Farms, said he believed the thieves had targeted the prize-winning cheddars and may have been stealing to order.
Clothier said that while the retail value was put at £800 it is possible that they could be worth much more if the right wealthy cheese-loving customers were found.
He said: “These cheeses could be considered masterpieces; it’s a bit like having a valuable painting stolen.” Clothier said he was proud of the cheeses’ “rounded flavour” with tones of “dairy, sweet and nuttiness”. “They were complex, like a fine bottle of wine.”