Officers are appealing for information after the theft of two high value coins with an estimated total value of about £20,000.

A 5 guinea gold coin circa. 1668 to 1753, worth a five-figure sum, and a £5 Princess Diana gold coin circa. 1999, worth a four-figure sum, were taken from the Brentwood Centre in Pilgrims Hatch.

It happened between 2.50pm and 3.20pm on May 28.

Essex Police want to speak to two women in connection with the theft.

The first is described as having a tanned complexion, aged between 40 and 50 years-old, around 5ft 8ins tall, of large build, with long brown hair, and possibly wearing a denim jacket.

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The second is also described as having a tanned complexion, in her 40s or 50s, around 5ft 6ins tall, with shoulder length hair.

They were accompanied by a man who has been described as wearing a white or cream suit jacket and light-coloured Panama-style hat.

An Essex Police spokesman said: "If you saw anything or have been offered the coins for sale, we need you to contact us."

Submit a report online at or use the 'Live Chat' button to speak to an online operator between 7am-11pm.

Quote the crime reference number 42/137590/22.

You can also call 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.