£15 million museum theft
A Cambridge museum has held a special launch event in London to highlight a bid to buy an old master.
Two men have been arresteed in London by detectives investigating the theft of Chinese artefacts form the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.
Four more people have been arrested in connection with a national investigation into high-value museum thefts.
A 30-year-old man and two 17-year-old boys were arrested in London, while a 37-year-old man was arrested in Hull.
All four are being held on suspicion of conspiracy to burgle.
The latest arrests come a week after 20 people were arrested following a series of dawn raids across England and Northern Ireland.
The 18 men and two women have since been bailed until January.
Chinese artefacts and rhinoceros horn were targeted in six incidents - two thefts and an attempted theft from Durham University Oriental Museum and further incidents at Gorringes Auction House in East Sussex, Norwich Castle Museum in Norfolk and the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.
Police have carried out dozens of early morning raids in connection with a string of high profile museum robberies.
Millions of pounds worth of Chinese artefacts were stolen from the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and a rhino horn was stolen from the Norwich Castle Museum last year.
Today 26 forces across the country and the Serious Organised Crime Agency carried out a string of raids, targeting suspected gang members. Matthew Hudson reports.
William Brown is a national security advisor for the Arts Council and says we must protect artefacts or they will be lost forever.
Police have carried out dozens of raids across the country, in connection with a series of museum robberies, which netted criminals millions of pounds worth of antiques.
The robberies investigated, included those last year at the Castle Museum in Norwich and the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge has released this statement about the early morning arrests in connection with last years museum thefts
Tim Knox, Director said, "This recent action is a major step forward for all the institutions involved in the investigation.
We have been impressed with the support we have received from Cambridgeshire Police so far and would like to thank all the officers involved locally and nationally.
19 people have been arrested across the UK as part of a combined operation following a serious of raids a museums, including the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and Norwich Castle Museum.
17 men and 2 women are currently in custody following early morning raids across the UK.
Four men, aged 24, 41, 44 and 56 were arrested in Cambridgeshire.
Two men, aged 28 and 46 were arrested in Essex.
Five men aged 20, 31,35, 53 and 54 and two women aged, 28 and 54 were arrested in London.
A 60 -year-old man was arrested in Sussex, a 32 year-old man was arrested in the West Midlands and a 67-year-old man in Nottingham.
Three men have also been arrested in Northern Ireland.
All of those arrested are being held on suspicion of conspiracy to burgle, apart from the 54-year-old woman who was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.
The arrests are in connection with six crimes which took place last year where Chinese artefacts and a rhino horn were stolen.
Police forces across the country are carrying out searches in different locations after a series of robberies at museums, including the Fitzwilliam in Cambridge and Norwich Castle.
Officers from 26 police forces and the Serious Organised Crime Agency are involved.
The national operation follows six crimes which took place over four months last year with warrants being issued in Cambridgeshire, Essex, London, Sussex, the West Midlands and Northern Ireland.
Chinese artefacts and a rhinoceros horn were stolen during the robberies.
So far there have been arrests in the West Midlands, with a man in his thirties being arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary.
Police say much of the stolen material has been recovered, but several valuable items are still missing.
So far 8 people have been convicted and jailed for their roles in the break-ins, including the raid at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.
Detectives have launched a fresh appeal for information in a bid to recover priceless Chinese artefacts stolen from a Cambridge museum.
Eighteen Chinese artefacts from the Ming and Qing dynasties were taken by a gang of burglars from the Fitzwilliam Museum on April 13, last year.
Three people have each been jailed for six years for their roles in the burglary, a teenage boy was also locked up after admitting burglary. A substantial reward has been issued by the loss adjusters, for information which leads to the recovery of the stolen property.
Detective Inspector Becky Tipping said: "Sadly the items, which are of huge cultural significance, have still not been traced but we still have a team of detectives working to trace those items and would urge anyone with information to call police.
A fifth person has been charged in connection with a burglary at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.
The man, who attended Parkside Police Station last night, is due to appear at Cambridge Magistrate’s Court.
The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge has raised the £3.9 million needed to buy Nicolas Poussin's masterpiece Extreme Unction.
The target has been reached after the Heritage Lottery Fund gave the museum a grant of over three million pounds. The rest of the money was donated by the public and charities.
The picture is actually valued at fourteen million pounds but the Fitzwilliam has been able to buy it under the Government's Acceptance in Lieu scheme. It's hoped the painting will go on display in Cambridge next month.