Durham University Oriental Museum treasures recovered

Museum hole Police have arrested five people over the museum raid

Chinese artefacts worth almost £2m that were stolen from a University of Durham museum have been recovered by police.

Thieves cut a 3ft-wide hole in the wall of the university's Oriental Museum and stole a bowl and figurine. Durham Police said it was almost certainly a well planned operation.

A police spokeswoman said both artefacts had now been recovered.

Officers have arrested five people in connection with the theft. Two men are still being sought.

The five people arrested are all from Walsall, West Midlands.

Durham University said the museum would reopen on Monday.

The stolen bowl dates from 1769 and has a Chinese poem written inside, while the figurine is of seven fairies in a boat and stands about 12in (30cm) high. Both are from the Qing Dynasty, China's last imperial dynasty.

Security at the museum is being reviewed.

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