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Man charged over Chester Cathedral icon

A man has been charged over the alleged theft of a religious icon from Chester Cathedral. The 18th century painting The Raising of Lazarus, went missing from the cathedral on August 18. Vasily Apilats, who is 59 and from Edleston Road, Crewe is due to appear at West Cheshire Magistrates' Court today. Three men, aged 31, 34 and 36, and a 57-year-old woman have been released on police bail pending further inquiries.

Chester Cathedral Credit: PA

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Five questioned over cathedral theft

Hoard of religious works of art found at a house in Crewe. Credit: Cheshire Police

Police are questioning five people in connection with the theft of an 18th century icon from Chester Cathedral. Four men and a woman were arrested at a property in Edleston Road in Crewe. Officers also found a number of items including the 18th Century Greek Orthodox icon "The raising of Lazurus" which had been stolen from Chester Cathedral on 18 August 2014.

Chester Cathedral Credit: PA

Chief Superintendent Andy Southcott said: "I am absolutely delighted with the police investigation ....which has led to officers arresting outstanding suspects and the discovery of other items of interest. We hope that following this discovery, an extremely important icon can be reunited with its owners. We will also of course continue to investigate the other paintings to establish where they have come from. Cheshire Police takes heritage crime seriously and will continue to work with the community and other agencies to tackle the issue."

Five questioned over Chester Cathedral theft

Police arrested five people in Crewe Credit: PA

Five people have been arrested in connection with the theft of an icon from Chester Cathedral. Four men and one woman were detained at a property in Edleston Road in Crewe. Police recovered a number of items including the 18th Century Greek Orthodox icon "The Raising of Lazurus" which had been stolen from Chester Cathedral on 18 August 2014.

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