A £2.5 million Ming vase stolen in Swiss heist found in London police raid

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A Ming vase worth £2.5 million has been found by the police in London.

The 15th Century ceramic had been stolen from a collection in Switzerland last year.

Two men – aged 44 and 42 – were arrested in Mayfair in connection with the theft.

They were released on police bail until next month.

It’s believed they are part of an organised crime gang.

Metropolitan Police Detective Chief Inspector Jimi Tele said:

“This is a significant step forward in what remains a complex investigation into a high-value burglary.

“Whilst this vase is valued at around £2.5 million, it is a one-off and unique and therefore has immeasurable cultural value.

“It will be repatriated in due course.

“The organised crime group at the centre of this investigation is also suspected of involvement in serious violence, so to arrest two suspected members safely is excellent.

“Bearing down on serious crime and violence remains the Met’s top priority, and we will continue to disrupt the workings of organised crime whose members think they are out of reach of the law.”



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