A substantial portion of the antiques stolen from Ramsbury Manor, near Marlborough in Wiltshire, on February 1, have been recovered near Stratford-upon-Avon.
Around 140 objects were discovered during the afternoon of
Saturday, March 25, in an underground storage room on wasteland
close to the Wyevale Garden Centre off the Warwick Road, Black
Hill. They are being held for forensic examination to be returned
to the owner, property developer Harry Hyams, as soon they can be
released from the enquiry.
"This find of antiques represents a significant recovery and a
large amount of the items stolen from Ramsbury Manor," said
Detective Inspector Simon Watson of Kennet CID, who is leading the
investigation. "I would estimate that we have 140 of the stolen
items in our possession, which represents approximately 40 per cent
of the total haul. Sadly, about 30 of the items have been damaged."
Among the items now in police possession are a massive Vincennes
white chinoiserie group, c.1745, and a pair of Bow busts of
Given the ongoing investigation, police were not prepared to
disclose how the whereabouts of the recovered items came to light.
They also repeated appeals for further information (Wiltshire
Police can be contacted on 0845 408 7000) while issuing a new list
and images of stolen items.
Mr Hyams, owner of Ramsbury Manor, who has spent some 50 years
collecting, issued a statement expressing his delight at the
development and praised Wiltshire Police and their colleagues in
Stratford for their work: "I am confident that the police will
continue their thorough investigations, which will lead to the
successful recovery of more items, ultimately resulting in the
successful prosecution of those responsible for the burglary and
By ROLAND ARKELL
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