14 men, including two from Essex, have been convicted of conspiracy to steal artefacts worth up to 57 million pounds from museums across England.
Richard Sheridan, a former spokesman for the Dame Farm Travellers, and 48 year old Paul Pammen from Southend, were part of a gang whch masterminded a series of raids.
Between November 2011 and April 2012, Chinese artefacts and rhinoceros horns worth millions of pounds were targeted in six incidents – two thefts and an attempted theft from Durham University Oriental Museum, robberies at Norwich Castle Museum in Norfolk and Gorringes Auction House in East Sussex and a burglary at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.
Yesterday (Monday, February 29) four were found guilty of conspiracy to steal, following an eight-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court. The others had been convicted at previous trials.
They’re all due to be sentenced next month.
Read more details about those convicted and the incidents HERE