Millionaire scientist and businessman Sir Chris Evans reveals distress caused by four burglars who raided his Cotswolds mansion and stole his wife’s £1million jewellery collection
- He revealed he is offering a ‘significant reward’ for information leading to arrests
- Raiders scaled a seven foot wall to get into the grounds of his home in Bibury
- Police have released CCTV footage taken from the grounds that show intruders
Sir Chris Evans (pictured) has spoken of his devastation after his home was burgled
One of the UK’s richest men Sir Chris Evans spoke today of the heartache caused by four burglars who burgled his home and snatched his wife’s £1million jewellery collection, along with priceless vases and Chanel and Gucci handbags.
Millionaire scientist and businessman Sir Chris revealed he is offering a ‘significant reward’ for information which leads to the arrest of the burglars and recovery of the gems.
He spoke out as police released CCTV footage taken from the grounds of his home in Bibury, Gloucester, which shows the raiders ransacking his home.
The raiders scaled a seven foot wall to get into the grounds of his home in Bibury, while Lady Anne Evans and the couple’s son Calum, 20, were at home on the night of July 9.
Sir Chris, an internationally renowned life sciences entrepreneur, said: ‘On behalf of my family I am offering a substantial reward for information that will lead to the conviction of these thieves.
‘It is a sign of the times that people have the audacity to scale a perimeter wall in broad daylight and walk across open grounds to steal from someone’s home.
One precious item stolen from the property was the Omar Ramsden, one of three three art nouveau silver rose bowls
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A lalauonis torque necklace was also taken by the four raiders who entered the property
‘The burglary has had a particularly devastating effect on my wife Anne as many of the pieces of jewellery, silver and ceramics have huge sentimental value for us both.
‘For example, Anne’s engagement ring, her late father’s signet ring – the only thing she has left of him.
The stolen unique Elizabeth Gage carved green beryl of The Green Man contains two pearls either side of a gold myrtle leaf motif
‘Then there is an irreplaceable rose Ramsden and Carr rose bowl – dated London 1901 – and a diamond ring I bought my wife when our first child was born – which cost almost our entire savings at that point.
‘We have always taken security around the property very seriously and have obviously stepped up security with 24-hour dog patrols around the property.
‘We know that people saw these thieves make their getaway in an dark grey Audi vehicle and reported them to the police. I do urge anyone with any further information to contact the police immediately.
A Gloucestershire police spokesman said: ‘The burglary, which took place between 5pm and 8pm on July 9, saw offenders leave with jewellery and antiques which had an estimated value in excess of one million pounds.
‘As shown in the footage, offenders used log baskets to carry the stolen items across the grounds. It’s believed they then got into a grey or silver Audi S5 before making off at speed in the direction of Cirencester.’
Detective Constable Faye Satchwell-Bennett, who is investigating the burglary, said: ‘We are trying to identify the offenders and ask that members of the public watch the CCTV footage and think back to that day.
‘Do you know who these people are? Did you see a silver or grey vehicle driving at speed through Bibury between these times or anything suspicious that may help with our investigation?
Shocking CCTV captured the moment the four balaclava-clad home invaders entered the property
They are seen running back and forth from the house as they remove precious items
CCTV shows them carrying backpacks as they climb the property’s walls
Their faces are hidden by black balaclavas and the identity of the burglars remains unknown
What was stolen from Chris Evans’ country manor?
A diamond solitaire ring, pear shaped, 5.17cts, D flawless, claw set, 18ct white gold, shoulders set with tapered row of radiant cut diamond. Signed Boodle and Dunthorne.
Sir Christopher Evans and his wife Lady Ann (both pictured right) at a restaurant with friends – it was her jewellery collection which was stolen in the raid
A platinum and white gold diamond line bracelet, Cartier, French, 39 step cut diamonds, signed and numbered 634326.
A Elizabeth Gage, 18ct yellow gold brooch, carved green beryl of The Green Man, rock crystal intaglio of a snowflake below, 2 pearls either side of a gold myrtle leaf motif. Unique piece.
A emerald and diamond brooch/pendant by Asprey, circa 1920, of giordinetto design, centre step cut emerald, border its baguette and brilliant cut diamonds in the shale of a flower basket
A gold, diamond and sapphire tiara, late 19th century, designed as a wreath of laurel leaves, fitted case by C. Roccheggiani, Manufacture de Mosaiques, Rue Condotti, Roma.
A gold and amethyst choker by Ilias Lalaounis.
A four George III silver candlesticks, Daniel Margot, based on a design by Paul de Lamerie, makers mark TH, a pellet between, struck twice on base of each candlestick. Cast and chased opposing make and female caryatids.
Three Art Nouveau silver rose bowls, Omar Ramsden, Alwyn Carr, London 1901, embossed inscription, ‘Flowers are the playthings fair left by angels long ago’. Signed underneath, Ramsden and Carr made me in the year 1902, diameter 10′, scratch weight 331/2 oz.’
Raiders scaled a seven foot wall to get into the grounds of his home in Bibury (pictured)
Oficers were called at 10.05pm on Monday 9 July to reports of a burglary in Bibury (pictured)
‘As with any other burglary this has had a marked impact on the victims and we are asking that anyone with information comes forward by calling Gloucestershire Constabulary on 101 and quoting incident number 595 of 9 July.
‘You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 if you prefer.
‘The victims are offering a substantial reward for information that leads to a conviction so please help us if you can.
‘We are also asking that antiques dealers are on the lookout for items stolen in the burglary which match the following descriptions:
WHO IS MILLIONAIRE WELSH BIOTECH ENTREPRENEUR SIR CHRISTOPHER EVANS?
Sir Christopher Evans OBE
Christopher Thomas Evans was born in November 1957 in Port Talbot.
He studied microbiology at Imperial College London before getting his PhD from the University of Hull.
After this he began a research fellowship at the University of Michigan.
In 1996 he founded Merlin Biosciences which manages investments in the biotechnology industry.
Chiroscience was founded by Sir Chris with just £1million in 1992 and it grew to £600m by 1997 before merging with Celltech plc, which in turn has merged with UCB to create one of Europe’s flagship bioscience enterprises.
He later set up Arthurian Ltd, which successfully bid to run the Wales Life Sciences Investment Fund, a £100 million 50/50 joint venture life sciences investment fund created to attract business to Wales.
The fund has invested in and provided grants to ReNeuron, in which Evans has also invested.
He was awarded his OBE in 1995 and knighted in 2001. He was appointed a Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2005.
In March of that year, he was appointed by Gordon Brown to the UK Stem Cell Initiative.
He has a wife and four children. In a profile he was once described as: ‘energetic, brash and extremely rich’.
In a piece he wrote for WalesOnline, he said: ‘I have worked extremely hard. I used my hands and my brain and created my own luck in this world.
‘My life is medical science; I have built over £5 billion of companies, employed over 4,000 scientists working on some 200 medical products, investing billions in research into medicines, raised over £1 billion cash for cancer research programmes, floated 21 companies on 6 stock markets round the world and returned billions in profits to the bold investors who backed my ideas and businesses.
‘And, all of this science started when my dad, a Port Talbot steel worker, bought me a chemistry set for Christmas when I was 7 years old. As I grew into a teenager, I stopped killing tadpoles in tubes and made quite sophisticated fireworks instead – from scratch.’
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