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DMG tighten up security after Ardingly gems theft

24 November 2008Written by ATG Reporter

DMG Antiques Fairs say they have increased security following the theft of £80,000 worth of jewellery at their Ardingly fair on September 3.

With the jewellery still unrecovered, dmg’s operations manager Rachel Everett said: “With a fair as vast as Newark, additional methods have to be put in place. Security guards are stationed in every building to protect stock throughout the night and we also employ two uniformed police officers to patrol the fair during their events.

“We also have our own police liaison officer, Austin O’Driscoll, a retired police detective who specialised in antiques crime. “His presence is undoubtedly a deterrent to thieves and those attempting to sell stolen antiques. Austin patrols the fairs with a further plain clothes police officer and works closely with the on-site stewards who, while not employed directly as security, provide a reassuring presence to stallholders and buyers.“

Ms Everett added: “While the measures used at Newark are not available at all of our events, the provision of stewards during the day, security personnel throughout the night and close liaison with the local police force are used at all times.”

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