1. ITV Report

Burglars raid home of landslide victim

Burglars have targeted the home of a Somerset woman who died in a landslide in a sickening raid. Rosemary Snell, 67, died after the car she was travelling in got caught in a mudslide outside Beaminster tunnel in Dorset.

Rosemary Snell's body was found ten days after a landslide at the entrance to the Beaminster tunnel Credit: ITV West Country

Police fear thieves targeted her house in Misterton, near Crewkerne, after hearing about her death in the media. Detectives revealed silver antiques were taken from the property in what they've described as a 'despicable' crime.

Silver antiques were stolen from Rosemary Snell's house Credit: ITV West Country

They believe the offenders may try and sell the items at car boot sales and have asked shoppers and antique dealers to remain vigilant.

This is a despicable crime that has been committed by someone who may have deliberately targeted the property following the national media coverage. The offenders forced entry at the rear of the property and took specific items that are of antique value.

– Detective Chief Inspector Pete Warren, Avon and Somerset Police

Described as a stalwart of the Women's Institute in the village where she lived, Mrs Snell's body was discovered alongside her friend Michael Rolfe. Their car was found crushed under tonnes of mud at the entrance to the tunnel ten days after the landslide.

Rosemary Snell and Michael Rolfe lay undiscovered in their car for ten days Credit: ITV West Country

The offenders targeted the property between Friday July 20th and Saturday July 21st.

Silver antiques were among the items taken from the property in Misterton Credit: ITV West Country

I would urge anyone who may know anything about this incident to come forward and contact us. I would also ask members of the public to remain vigilant and report any sale of antique silver items to us. We have increased patrols in the area but would also ask the Community to report anyone acting suspiciously to us

– Detective Chief Inspector Pete Warren, Avon and Somerset Police

Anyone who can help is asked to call Yeovil CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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