Two suspects have been charged in connection with the theft of 18 Chinese hardstone carvings worth millions of pounds from the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge on April 13.
An appeal had been shown on
BBC's Crimewatch on Tuesday, May 1.
Then on Friday police said Patrick Kiely,
28, of Eleanor Street, London, and a 15-year-old boy from London
had been charged with theft and conspiracy to commit burglary. They
were due to appear at Cambridge Magistrate's Court on the same
Meanwhile, charges have been made in
connection with an April 5 break-in at the Oriental Museum at
Durham University in which two Chinese Qing dynasty works of art
valued at £1.8m were taken.
Four people were due to appear before
Peterlee magistrates on Thursday (May 3). Adrian Stanton, aged 32
and Justin Clarke, 31, have both been charged with conspiracy to
commit burglary while Charmaine Wilkes, aged 27, and 19-year-old
Fallon Arrowsmith are charged with assisting an offender.
Stanton, Wilkes and Arrowsmith were arrested
in the Walsall area on Tuesday night (May 1) while Clarke handed
himself into police after his photo was shown
on Crimewatch earlier this week.
Another man arrested on Tuesday, May 1,
35-year-old Lee Wildman, appeared at Peterlee magistrates court on
Thursday charged with conspiracy to commit burglary. He was
remanded in custody to appear at Durham Crown Court next week.
The items taken were recovered eight days
after the break-in, found in a field on the outskirts of
Police say although no formal link has been
made between the Durham and Cambridge burglaries they are keeping
an open mind.
Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 if you
have any information.
Lord Nelson Theft
CCTV images of suspected thieves who made
off with a Lord Nelson mourning ring from Norwich Castle Museum
have now been released.
An off-duty Norfolk officer who was visiting
the Norwich museum on February 25 noticed a display cabinet was
It was discovered that several
Nelson-related objects had been taken. The enamelled gold mourning
ring bearing the letters N and B was in a leather box dated 1805,
but the box was left behind. Police say the ring is valued at
£25,000, but one fetched £12,000 at Bonhams in March 2010.
Bonhams said 58 of the rings were made by
John Salter, a jeweller on the Strand, London, following Nelson's
death at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 and distributed by the
executors of Nelson's will to relatives, close friends and pall
bearers and were worn at the funeral.
The other Nelson-related items taken were a
saucer from a tea service from his home, made in about 1802, and
worth about £10,000 according to police, and two bronze medallions
and a gilt-metal box containing four more commemorative medals
celebrating naval victories.
Anyone with information should call Norfolk
police on 01953 424242.
A Sir Stanley Spencer painting has been
stolen from the gallery bearing his name in the village where he
At just before 1am on Sunday, April 4, a
window was smashed at the Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham High
Street and Cookham from Englefield (dated 1948)
seized. It is privately owned and had been loaned to the
If you can help, call Det Con Iain Watkinson
via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 101.
Burglary at Chavenage
A George II simulated tortoiseshell bracket
clock and a Regency elm and rosewood parquetry games table, c.1820,
were among several items taken in a burglary at Chavenage House,
Gloucestershire, between 9-11pm on Thursday, April 26.
Raid in Bath
Late last month the Museum of East Asian Art
in Bath was targeted by raiders who fled empty-handed when an alarm
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