CHINESE artefacts worth around £2million that were stolen from Durham University’s Oriental Museum have been recovered by police.

A well-organised raid on the museum on April 5th saw a gang chisel through an exterior wall and then make off with two rare Qing Dynasty era pieces.

The fact the thieves targeted just two valuable items - an 18th century jade bowl with a Chinese poem inscribed on it and a Dehua porcelain figurine of seven fairies in a boat - convinced Durham Police they were stolen to order.

Detectives working on the case have now located the items and a spokeswoman said: ‘Both artefacts have been recovered.’ Four men and a woman were arrested in connection with the burglary, but were later released on police bail.          –Metro