Keane star Tom Chaplin is appealing to fans to help trace a ring belonging to his wife which was stolen during a New Year Eve raid on his home near Rye.
The 35-year-old vocalist and songwriter urged his 16,500 Twitter followers to keep their eyes open for the missing jewellery, which was taken from the Wittersham home he shares with wife Natalie during a New Year’s Eve burglary ‘despite the alarm blaring’.
He also warned the thieves who took the diamond ring ‘We’re coming for you’.
The singer posted pictures of the square shaped stolen ring on Twitter, asking followers to keep their eyes open.
He later wrote: ‘Pawnbrokers, antique shops, jewellers and punters - if you see this ring being punted, tweet me. Reward for info.’
Tom and the other band members met when they were students at Vinehall School near Robertsbridge and have maintained strong links with the area.
Keane have acknowledged their roots by playing concerts for local fans including a surprise instore appearance in Bexhill’s Music’s Not Dead in Devonshire Road. They signed copies of their Best Of Keane CD but also performed a live gig which included many of their classic songs from the past ten years.
The band had also come to Bexhill to make the video for their song Sovereign Light Cafe on the seafront.
The video featured many local people including rowers, dancers, skateboarders and riders, and also showcased vintage cycles, while the song itself was a love letter to the town and old haunts of the band members as they were growing up. The album Strangeland itself featured a striking image of Bexhill’s seafront on its cover including a glimpse of the town’s controversial wooden seafront shelters rising above the shingle.
Band member Tim Rice-Oxley was the patron of last year’s Battle Arts Festival and gave one-to-one mentoring sessions to a number of young aspiring local musicians.