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Previous ATG issues covering the topic of thefts.

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ATG has reported on a number of instances of what appears to be thefts aimed at the antiques trade selling at fairs and markets by organised gangs who use diversion tactics to steal items (ATG Nos 2599 & 2600).

Spate of robberies

With the help, hardwork and initiative of a third-generation antiques dealer behind the scenes, fair organiser Paul Kelly (of Bermondsey Antiques Market and Alexandra Palace Antiques & Collectors’ Fair) decided to create the members’ page. Kelly said: “More dealers are being targeted and robbed, with several losing their livelihood (but thankfully, not their lives).

“We assume that there are many more across the country that we do not hear about in London. Sadly, many dealers are complacent and will not become active until they have been affected, when it is too late.”

Kelly said the purpose of the Facebook group is to allow dealers to start helping themselves and he created the page as he could “see the stress it puts on stallholders”.

Private invitation

He has kept the group private and dealers can join by invitation only if they make themselves known to Kelly or someone else in the group.

“To get in, you need to identify yourself (name, email and where you trade). This is imperative as we strive not to have the criminals joining”, he said.

“The group will allow members to share information on suspects, tips on protecting themselves and, most importantly, remind them that they are not alone and other people care.

“Bringing dealers together to share this information could be a major step in protecting themselves and preventing another robbery.”

Bermondsey Antique Market

Bermondsey Antique Market in south London. 

Image: Earl Smith 2018.

Many of the gangs of thieves have targeted markets where jewellery dealers trade such as Camden Passageand Bermondsey Antique Market in London .

For more details contact Kelly via email at: