Swedes see TV footage of scavengers taking their heirlooms

The couple from Stockholm say they were horrified to see beachcombers rummaging through their belongings which were washed-up on the English coast after falling from a beached ship.

Anita and Jan Bokdal say they were sending thousands of dollars worth of items to South Africa, on the Napoli, which was deliberately run aground after suffering damage during storms on Thursday.

As well as paintings, china and furniture, their cargo also included clothes collected in Stockholm which were destined for poor people in the south African town of Wellington, where they have a winery.

The British Coastguard says the Bokdal’s should get at least some of their property back, after it was handed in by the person who took it.