Coins, medals and watches worth over £50,000 have been stolen as a series of museum break-ins continues.
The raid took place sometime between May 2
and June 19 at the storage facility used by Derby Museum and Art
Among the haul was a collection of about 20
gold and silver watches from the 18th and 19th centuries, worth up
to £3000 each, including examples made by clockmaker and scientist
John Whitehurst, a member of the Midlands-based Lunar Society and a
contemporary of Derby artist Joseph Wright. Some of the coins dated
back more than 800 years.
The items were locked away for exhibitions
and special viewings and with no sign of a break-in police say it
is possible there was some inside knowledge involved. The theft was
discovered when another museum asked to borrow some items.
Anyone with information should call police
on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 11.
• Three men and a boy have admitted their
part in the Fitzwilliam Museum theft - but the Chinese hardstone
carvings taken remain missing.
The Cambridge museum was broken into on
April 13 and 18 items, mostly Ming and Qing dynasty jades which had
been part of the permanent collection for over 50 years, were
On Monday, July 30, at Cambridge Crown
Court, a 15-year-old boy from London pleaded guilty to
Robert Smith, 24, of Hockenden Lane, Kent,
and Steven Coughlan, 26, and 29-year-old Patrick Kiely, both of
Eleanor Street, East London, admitted conspiracy to burgle.
All four will be sentenced on September 28 at the same