ANTIQUES valued at £40,000 have been stolen from a Shrewsbury home.

The 19th century antiques - a Swiss enamel, automatom bird music box and an Austrian ebonised enamel table cabinet - were stolen from a country home near Shrewsbury between midday on July 14 and 2pm on Sunday.

Police have issued an appeal for information following the theft.

PC Jason Tierney said: “These are two very rare and distinctive pieces.

“The thieves may well attempt to sell them through an auction house, or possibly put them on eBay.

“I would appeal to art and antique dealers to assist the police with any information which might help trace them, especially if they are approached and offered the items for sale or auction.”

The bird music box is by the German designer Griesbauem and the clock time piece and table cabinet are late 19th century and features 31 Viennese enamel panes.

Anyone with information can call West Mercia Police on 0300 333 3000 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.