Museum theft probe leads to sixth arrest

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A SIXTH person has been arrested in connection with the theft of rare artefacts from Durham City’s Oriental Museum.

Natasha Partridge is accused of assisting an offender after thieves smashed a hole in the wall of the museum in Elvet Hill in April this year.

A Chinese jade bowl and porcelain ornament valued at more than £2million were taken. The items were later found undamaged in a field on the western outskirts of Durham City.

Three men from Walsall, West Midlands, have been charged with conspiracy to burgle.

Two women from the same area have been charged with assisting an offender.

No charge was put to Partridge, 21, of Beechdale, Walsall, during a short preliminary hearing at Durham Crown Court.

The case was adjourned until July 26. Partridge was bailed to return to court for the next hearing.