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Chinese art worth £2m stolen in raid

TWO Chinese artefacts stolen in a break-in at a university museum are estimated to be worth £2 million, according to police. Three people have been arrested in connection with the raid on the Oriental Museum at Durham University on Thursday night.

Durham Police said there had been a break-in at a ground-floor gallery at about 10.40pm and a jade bowl and porcelain statue, understood to be Qing Dynasty Chinese pieces, were stolen.

Detectives last night said two men and a woman had been arrested in the West Midlands in connection with the burglary, and taken in for questioning. The artefacts have yet to be recovered.

Det Ch Insp Traci McNally said: “We are still trying to locate several outstanding suspects in relation to this.

“We believe those individuals would be aware of the police investigation and would urge them to contact Durham Police.”

 
 
 

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