Three men are set to appear in court for sentencing today having pleaded guilty to handling a number of stolen art masterpieces.
Officers from the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit (Titan), alongside officers from Merseyside Police and GMP, ran an investigation into the theft of LS Lowry paintings after a robbery at the home of an art dealer in Cheadle Hulme on May 3, 2007
Malcolm Shield, aged 41, of Arncliffe Road, Halewood and Kevin Marlow, aged 29, of Halby Road, Bootle were arrested after detectives executed a warrant at a house on Arncliffe Road, Halewood on Tuesday, 26 July 2011.
The pair were subsequently charged with handling stolen goods following the recovery of seven paintings from the house.
A significant quantity of Class A and B drugs and some cash were also recovered from the property.
Shield was additionally charged with possession with intent to supply Class A and B drugs while Marlow was also charged with possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply.
Gerard Starkey, aged 50, of Southport Road, Bootle was also charged with handling stolen goods after a number of paintings were also discovered at a unit on Northfield Road, Bootle.
All three pleaded guilty to the charges.
Erin Edwards, aged 33, of Arncliffe Road, Halewood, was found guilty of possession with intent to supply Class B drugs following an earlier trial at Liverpool Crown Court.Breaking News:
The sentencing at Liverpool Crown Court of three men over the theft of LS Lowry masterpieces valued at £1.7 million has been delayed.
A Newton hearing from one of the defendants took place yesterday which will continue into this morning.
Sentencing is expected to take place after that. The defendants are Malcolm Shield, 41; Kevin Marlow, 29; and Gerard Starkey, 50. The masterpieces were stolen in a robbery at the home of an art dealer in Stockport, in 2007.