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Portland diamond tiara theft plot accused 13 in court

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image captionThe empty case where the Portland Tiara was once housed, in the Welbeck Estate, near Worksop

Twelve men and a woman have appeared in court in connection with a theft of jewellery from an estate.

The Portland Collection, housed in the Welbeck estate near Worksop, was closed after the Portland Tiara and a brooch were stolen in November 2018.

It reopened to visitors in September last year.

After a hearing at Nottingham Magistrates' Court, the 13 defendants are due to appear at the city's crown court on 19 November.

They have all been granted unconditional bail.

The defendants

  • Ashley Cumberpatch, 35, formerly of First Avenue, Carlton, faces 11 charges including conspiracy to commit burglary
  • Kurtis Dilks, 33, of Whitegate Vale, Clifton, faces nine counts including conspiracy to commit burglary
  • Kelly Duong, 32, of Francis Street, the Arboretum, Nottingham, faces four charges including conspiracy to commit burglary
  • Adrian Eddishaw, 32, of Northall Avenue, Bulwell, faces one count of conspiracy to commit burglary and one count of converting criminal property
  • Sercan Evsin, 25, of Meadow Close, Barnet, London, faces four counts of converting criminal property
  • Tevfik Guccuk, 39 of Houndsden Road, Southgate, London, faces five counts of converting criminal property
  • Matthew Johnson, 34, of Kingsthorpe Close, Mapperley, faces on charge of conspiracy to commit burglary
  • Shazad Khan, 46, of Lea Hall Road, Birmingham, faces two counts of theft of a motor vehicle and one count of converting criminal property
  • Andrew MacDonald, 40, formerly of Woodstock Avenue, Nottingham, faces 11 charges including conspiracy to commit burglary
  • Coco Nutt - also known as Christopher Yorke - 49, of Rose Ash Lane, Arnold, faces one charge of converting criminal property
  • Abiazh Raja, 21, formerly of Lea Hall Road, Leah Hall, Birmingham, faces two counts of theft of a motor vehicle and one count of converting criminal property
  • Darren Stokes, 35, of Staunton Drive, Sherwood, Nottingham, faces on count of converting criminal property
  • Gordon Thornhill, 48, of Mosswood Crescent, Arnold, faces on count of converting criminal property

The defendants appeared "as part of a complex investigation involving the jewellery heist", with other offences including conspiracies to rob and burgle, selling stolen goods and the theft of cars, Nottinghamshire Police said.

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