Recovered artefacts yet to be returned

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VALUABLE Chinese artefacts stolen in a museum heist will not be returned for several more weeks.

Raiders managed to get into the Durham University museum by tunnelling underground before snatching valuable Chinese artefacts worth £2million.

The items were recovered days later from a field four miles away in Brandon.

They have still not been returned to the museum and remain in police custody.

Three men and three women from West Midlands admitted their part in the raid.

The museum expects the solid jade bowl and 18th century porcelain figurine, both from the Qing Dynasty, to be returned once legal proceedings have finished.

A museum spokeswoman said: “We will be making an announcement when they are returned.”