ANCIENT Egyptian artefacts and centuries-old weapons have been stolen during a break-in in the county.

Police are appealing for information after items from a rare collection of historical artefacts were stolen during a housebreaking in Stenton.

The housebreaking happened at Biel House at some point between 4pm on Tuesday and 9am yesterday (Wednesday), possibly overnight.

The items include ancient Egyptian artefacts, historical swords, daggers, spears and arrows and are estimated to be worth a four-figure sum.

Officers are now asking anyone who was in the area at the time, or who has been offered any of these items for sale, to please get in touch.

Police Constable Karen Hamilton said: "These artefacts have been in the museum at Biel House for many years and we are keen to make sure these are returned to where they belong.

"Anyone who is offered one of these rare items is asked to contact officers on 101."

Alternatively they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.