£300m of art being stolen

 

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"More than £300m of art being stolen in Britain each year

A new taskforce is established to crack down on art theft as it emerges that the crime is now the second most lucrative criminal enterprise behind drug dealing
A number of sculptures by the British artist Henry Moore have been stolen in recent years.

 

A number of sculptures by the British artist Henry Moore have been stolen in recent years. Photo: PA

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4:10PM GMT 17 Nov 2013 

 

More than £300 million of art is being stolen each year amid an escalating criminal trade in paintings and antiques, it emerged today.

 

Art theft is now second only to drug dealing as the most lucrative trade for organised criminal gangs across the UK, according to senior police officers.

 

Thieves often target works on display in museums, libraries, archives and private collections and have been known to use extreme violence, the BBC reported. 

 

In one case last year, a rare medieval jug was stolen from a high-security display cabinet at a museum in Luton. The Wenlok jug – worth £750,000 – was eventually recovered and a man was jailed for more than two years for handling stolen goods.

 

This summer, a three-strong gang pleaded guilty at Leeds Crown Court to handling stolen rare antiques worth £5m from country halls and estates. This included a pair of Louis XVI vases valued at almost £1m and a Chippendale table worth around £500,000." 

News from telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime

 

 

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