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Porcelain stolen in 1m burglary

Rare Sevres porcelain valued at £1m has been stolen in a burglary at a country mansion in East Sussex used to film TV shows including Jonathan Creek.

A pair of identical vases made in 1763 and a Hollandaise Nouveau vase were among items stolen from Firle Place.

The Lewes estate has been the home of the Gage family for more than 500 years and is used as a film and TV location.

"I and my son Henry are shocked by the crass nature of this burglary," said its owner Lord Gage.

The house is open to the public, and Lord Gage said the burglary would prevent members of the public from viewing the historic porcelain.

Sussex Police said a reward might be offered for information that leads to the recovery of the stolen property.

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