Chinese Artefacts Theft Case

Five people from the West Midlands have been arrested after Chinese artefacts worth more than two million pounds were stolen. An 18th century bowl and a porcelain figurine were taken from Durham University's Oriental Museum.

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Walsall men due to be sentenced for £2 million museum theft

Two men from Walsall are due to be sentenced later, after being convicted of conspiracy to burgle Durham University's Oriental Museum.

The rare Dehua porcelain figure Credit: Durham University

Chinese artefacts from the Qing Dynasty - a solid jade bowl and a porcelain figure - worth £2 million were stolen from the museum on Maundy Thursday, April 5 2012.

18th century jade bowl Credit: Durham University

The items were later recovered in a field on the outskirts of the city.

Lee Wildman, alias Jason Green, 35, and Adrian Stanton, 32, will be sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court, along with four other defendants for lesser offences.

Museum exhibits worth £2 million recovered

The rare Dehua porcelain figurine stolen from the Oriental Museum Credit: Durham University

Police have renewed their hunt for two Walsall men after Chinese artefacts worth more than £2 million stolen from a Durham museum were found.

They want to trace Adrian Stanton, 32, and Lee Wildman - also known as Jason Green - 35.

Police want to interview Adrian Stanton (left) and Lee Wildman Credit: Durham Police

A jade bowl and porcelain figurine were taken from Durham University's Oriental Museum on April 5 after thieves chiselled through a wall and made straight for two cabinets in the dark.

The Qing dynasty artefacts were probably stolen to order.

It had been feared they had been taken out of the country but were recovered in Brandon, south west of Durham, where they had been hidden.

They will be examined by experts to see if they have been damaged.


Pair named in £2m museum raid

Police have named two West Midlands men wanted in connection with a well-planned raid on a museum in which treasures worth almost £2 million were taken.

Detectives want to trace Lee Wildman, also known as Jason Green, who has already been arrested and bailed following the theft.

Detective Superintendent Adrian Green named the other man as Adrian Stanton.

The detective leading a 40-strong team said:

"We want to speak to them about this burglary and they will be able to help us with our inquiries"


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