POLICE are appealing for help to trace the owner of a collection of old books and a pearl necklace.

As part of an on-going investigation carried out on Anglesey, North Wales Police recovered a number of antiquarian books which they believe may have been stolen.

During a search of a property on March 9, officers seized a brown suitcase containing a number of books, some over 100 years old.

The books include a copy of the Bible and Alison in Wonderland.

Some of the books have personal inscriptions written inside them and dated between 1892 and 1894.

Investigating officer DC Jade Bennett at Caernarfon CID said: "During a search warrant in Holyhead an old brown suitcase was seized containing a number of books and a pearl necklace which we strongly believe to be stolen.

"Our enquiries have so far failed to identify their rightful owners.

"We believe the items could have been stolen from anywhere between Merseyside and North Wales."

A number of the books have personal inscriptions to an ‘ME Taylor' or 'Mary Elizabeth Taylor,’ from, what appears to look like 'E Sawyer' in 1892 and 1894.

Another book inscription bears the name 'David Cooke, 1889.'

DC Bennett added: "We’ve also recovered a (cultured) pearl necklace contained within a case marked Seibido.Co - Ikutasuji Kobe."

The police are now seeking the public’s help to help identify the rightful owners.

If anyone recognises these items or think they may know the owners please contact Caernarfon CID."

If anyone can assist the police with this investigation please contact North Wales Police control room direct via web live chat http://www.north-wales.police.uk/contact/chat-support.aspx.

Alternatively phone 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 and quote RC18028374.”