Derby museum theft: Man charged

Football medal
Image caption Medals from the 1888 Derbyshire Football Cup were stolen

A man has been charged in connection with the theft of artefacts belonging to a museum.

The collection of 1,000 coins, medals and watches were stolen from Derby Museum and Art Gallery's storage facility some time between 2 May and 19 June 2012.

A 28-year-old man from Spondon, Derby, has been charged with handling stolen goods after some items were recovered.

He will appear at Derby Magistrates' Court on 1 February.

The artefacts included around 20 18th and 19th-century gold and silver watches which are worth up to £3,000 each and coins dating back 800 years.

The items had been locked away at the museum's city-based storage facility and only used for exhibitions and special viewings.

Several of the stolen items have now been recovered from a dealer in Birmingham, who called Derbyshire Police after seeing publicity about the theft.

A 29-year-old man, who was also arrested as part of the inquiry, has been released without charge.

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