Raiders escaped with £2m museum haul

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THREE people have been arrested after artefacts worth about £2millon were snatched from a museum in a night raid.

A jade bowl and a porcelain sculpture, both from the Qing Dynasty, were taken from display cabinets at Durham’s Oriental Museum on Thursday.

Police were alerted by the alarm sounding at the venue, in Elvet Hill, at 10.40pm.

The museum is run by Durham University and has one of the finest collections of Chinese and Egyptian items in Britain.

Detective Inspector Lyn Peart, of Durham Constabulary, said: “We would like to speak to anyone in the Elvet Hill area between 10pm and 11pm and who may have seen anything suspicious.”

The green jade bowl, which is decorated inside with a Chinese poem, dates from 1769.

The Dehua porcelain sculpture of seven fairies in a boat has a cream white glaze.

The stolen items have not yet been recovered.

Two men and a woman, from the West Midlands, have been arrested and were taken to a Durham police station for questioning.

Anyone with information can contact Durham Constabulary on 101 or Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111.