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Fresh appeal after museum theft

Stolen Chinese artefact Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

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.


Fitzwilliam Museum raised millions to buy masterpiece

Nicolas Poussin's 'Extreme Unction' Credit: ITV Anglia

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.

Appeal to save historic painting for the nation

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.


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