£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.
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.
The Fitzwilliam museum in Cambridge is appealing for donations to help buy a 17th Century painting worth £14m. But a government scheme means it could buy the piece for a lot less.
The "Extreme Unction" by French artist Nicolas Poussin is described as an exceptional masterpiece and today it went on display in London as part of the fundraising campaign.
An appeal's been launched to raise nearly £4m to buy a painting by an old master.
Nicolas Poussin's Extreme Unction is actually worth £14m but has been made available to the Fitzwilliam museum in Cambridge for less under a government art scheme. Stuart Leithes reports
A fourth man has been charged in connection with a burglary at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.
Robert Smith, 24, of Hockenden Lane, Kent has been charged with conspiracy to commit burglary. He will appear at Cambridge Magistrate’s Court on Friday morning.
A fifth man has been arrested in connection with a burglary at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.
The man was arrested in Kent and taken to a police station in Cambridgeshire last night.
The 24-year-old, from Dartford, has been arrested on suspicion of burglary and currently remains in custody.
A man is due before magistrates today after Chinese artwork with an estimated value of £10 million was stolen from the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.
The man has been charged with theft and conspiracy to commit burglary.
He is the third person to be charged in connection with the raid.
A third man arrested in connection with the theft of chinese art from the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge has been bailed. 18 items were stolen last month, valued at more than ten million pounds. The 31-year-old from London arrested yesterday on suspicion of money laundering.
A 28-year-old man and a teenager have already been charged with the thefts.