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Four more arrests over museum and auction house thefts

  • 17 September 2013
  • From the section England
Police raiding homes at Smithy Fen in Cambridgeshire
Image caption Officers from 26 forces took part in the raids

Four more people have been arrested by police investigating the theft of valuable items from museums and auction houses.

Chinese artefacts and a rhinoceros horn were targeted in six incidents in Durham, East Sussex, Norwich and Cambridge last year.

A 30-year-old man and two 17-year-old boys were arrested in London and a 37-year-old man was arrested in Hull.

All four are being held on suspicion of conspiracy to burgle.

Image caption Items from various Chinese dynasties taken from the Fitzwilliam Museum are among those still missing

The arrests are linked to two thefts and an attempted theft from Durham University Oriental Museum and further incidents at Gorringes Auction House in East Sussex, Norwich Castle Museum and the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.

While much of the property has been recovered, several high-value items are still missing.

Last week 18 men and two women were arrested following a series of dawn raids across England and Northern Ireland.

All were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary, except a 54-year-old woman who was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice and assisting an offender.

They have been bailed until January.

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