Police have launched an investigation into a suspected fraud centred on a Lincolnshire antiques business.
They are "examining the working practices of
Stuart Porter Antiques, based in Broad Street, Stamford", they
Four people locally, a 54-year-old man, a
19-year-old woman, a 30-year-old man and a 33-year-old man, have
been arrested in connection with the investigation.
They were on police bail pending further
enquiries as ATG went to press. A 58-year-old man and 51-year-old
woman were also arrested in the Cleveland area and have been
A Lincolnshire Police spokesman said:
"Several addresses, locally and in other parts of the country, have
been searched and a significant number of antiques have been
The suspected fraud is thought at this stage
to involve the theft of several hundred thousand pounds worth of
Officers are appealing for anyone who thinks they may be a
victim in relation to this matter to get in touch with DI Peter
Grayson by calling 101 and quoting incident number 273 of August
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