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.

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