Hatton Garden burglar dies in prison
- Who were the jewellery heist raiders?
- Gang sentenced for Hatton Garden raid
- Ringleaders ordered to pay £27.5m
Mystery Hatton Garden raider Basil urged to hand back £6.5m of loot as fellow blaggers handed longer jail sentences
Along with fellow main player Danny Jones, 63, they must stump up the money between them or each serve the whole of a seven-year default sentence under the confiscation order.
Coming on top of the seven years they are already serving for the £14 million Hatton Garden burglary, it is equivalent to the gang now serving 21-year jail sentences for the heist.
It is understood that Reader, 78, and Perkins, 69, who are both suffering major health injuries in jail, are the only gang members to know Basil’s identify.
They are said to be trying to get a message to him through a trusted confidante to persuade him to give back a large share of the treasure under his control.
Reader, nicknamed ‘The Master,’ lost out on the raid takings after pulling out when the gang failed to break into the vault on a first occasion during the Easter bank holiday of 2015.
Other gang members successfully broke in the following night but Perkins was caught red-handed by cops with his share of the spoils six weeks later.
Crafty Basil, who carefully concealed his face from CCTV cameras, was the only member of the gang to get away with the raid.
Basil ended up with three suitcases of jewellery and gold bars and is believed to have grabbed treasures in hiding after the Flying Squad pounced.
The elusive blingo blagger, thought to be a South London villain in his 70’s, is thought to be keeping a low profile in Spain.
But he is now being urged to come to the rescue of his criminal accomplices.
Reader, Perkins, Collins and Jones all own property in Britain and abroad.
And Collins also has £500,000 in a bank account.
But a source told The Sun on Sun: “Their joint assets don’t come to anywhere near the money they to find.
“Basil ended up with the lion’s share of the dough.
“The others are desperate for him to hand back a good percentage of it back or else they will die in prison.
“There is no way Brian, Terry or Kenny will survive it.
“They had been due to get out at the end of summer this year on the burglary sentences but that is now looking like a pipe dream.”
Detectives are hopeful the prospect of an extra seven years could entice either Reader or Perkins to name Basil.
However, former gang boss and blagger Fred Foreman, involved in the 1983 Security Express cash robbery with Perkins, said : “There is no way they will ever give up any names.
“They are both solid reliable men otherwise they wouldn’t have been on that job.”
Basil, in his 70s, is thought to be in Spain.
Men deny involvement in Bulmers cider family multimillion-pound artwork burglary
The raid was at the palatial home of Esmond and Susie Bulmer, members of the Bulmers cider family, in Bruton, Somerset in 2009.
During the incident £1.7 million worth of paintings and £1 million of antique jewellery were taken.
A total of 15 paintings were stolen, including the famous Endymion by 19th century English painter George Frederic Watts and Apple Blossom by early 20th century English artist Sir George Clausen.
All the paintings have been recovered, except for Sir John Lavery’s After Glow Taplow.
On Wednesday, 11 men appeared at Bristol Crown Court to deny a string of offences, including conspiracy to burgle and conspiracy to receive stolen goods.
Those charged are:
– Liam Judge, 41, of Crypt Court, Tuffley, Gloucester, who pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to burgle.
– Matthew Evans, 41, of Coral Close, Tuffley, Gloucester, who pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to burgle.
– Skinder Ali, 38, whose address was listed on court papers as HMP Full Sutton in Yorkshire, and who pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to burgle and conspiracy to receive stolen goods. He appeared in court via videolink from prison.
– Jonathan Rees, 63, of Village Close, Weybridge, Surrey, who pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to defraud and committing a series of acts intending to pervert the course of justice.
– Donald Maliska, 63, of Old Brompton Road, London, who pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to receive stolen goods and conspiracy to defraud. Maliska was excused attending court and pleas were entered on his behalf by his barrister.
– Mark Regan, 45, whose address was listed on court papers as HMP Long Lartin in Worcestershire, and who pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to receive stolen goods. He appeared in court via videolink from prison.
– David Price, 53, of Virginia Court, Camden, London, who pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to receive stolen goods and conspiracy to defraud.
– Ike Obiamiwe, 55, of The Drive, Sutton, Surrey, who pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to receive stolen goods and conspiracy to defraud.
– Thomas Lynch, 43, of St Benedict’s Road, Small Heath, Birmingham, who pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to receive stolen goods.
– Nigel Blackburn, 60, of Broad Street, Birmingham, who pleaded not guilty to controlling criminal property.
– Azhar Mir, 65, of Bufferys Close, Hillfield, Solihull, West Midlands, who pleaded not guilty to controlling criminal property.
The 11 defendants will face trial on June 4 at Bristol Crown Court for a case that could last up to two months.
Judge Julian Lambert released Ali and Regan on technical unconditional bail while their co-accused were all released on unconditional bail.
Mr Bulmer was Conservative MP for Kidderminster from 1974 to 1983. He was MP for Wyre Forest from 1983 until the general election of 1987 when he stepped down.
The art collector and his family made £84 million when they sold their stake in the family’s Hereford-based cider-making business.
Bulmers was founded in 1887 by Percy Bulmer, the 20-year-old son of a local Hereford clergyman.
Hatton Garden heist ringleaders’ likely to pay back fraction of £27.5m orderThe four ringleaders behind the Hatton Garden raid – ordered to pay back £27.5 million or each face another seven years in jail – will likely end up paying only a fraction of the order.
John “Kenny” Collins, 77, Daniel Jones, 63, and Terry Perkins, 69, are serving seven-year sentences, while Brian Reader, 78, is serving six years and three months in jail, for their roles in the notorious burglary.
Judge Christopher Kinch QC said each jointly benefited from an estimated £13.69 million worth of cash, gold and gems stolen from boxes at Hatton Garden Safe Deposit in London’s jewellery quarter after a drill was used to bore a hole into the vault wall.
The men were told if they fail to pay a total of £27.5 million, each will have seven years added onto their current jail sentences, which could mean that some of the gang members, who are unwell, die behind bars.
But the Crown Prosecution Service, responding to the confiscation hearing at Woolwich Crown Court on Tuesday, said if one of the four paid an amount of nearly £6.5 million it would come off all their bills.
It means that if the figure of nearly £6.5 million is paid, the total amount recovered will likely be £8.2 million – significantly lower than the £27.5 million total value of the order set out in court.
Handing down his ruling, the judge said: “A number of these defendants are not only of a certain age, but have in some cases serious health problems.
“But as a matter of principle and policy it is very difficult to endorse any approach that there is a particular treatment for someone who chooses to go out and commit offences at the advanced stage of their lives that some of these defendants were.”
Collins, of Bletsoe Walk, Islington, north London, was ordered to pay £7,686,039 after the court heard he had assets in “liquid form” and property in this jurisdiction and abroad.
Perkins, of Heene Road, Enfield, was told he must pay £6,526,571.
His barrister Peter Rowlands said Perkins’ flat in Portugal would have to be sold, but said his client, who has been diagnosed with “severe heart failure”, would have to serve the default sentence as there was “no prospect” of any further funds being recovered.
Jones of Park Avenue, Enfield, north London, was ordered to hand over £6,649,827.
His barrister Graham Trembath QC said Jones’ only assets were cash in a bank account and he “will have to serve the default term”.
Reader, who was not in court, was told he must pay back £6,644,951, including the sale of his £639,800 home and development land worth £533,000.
Tom Wainwright, representing Reader, said his client’s sentence “does not have to be very long for it to mean, in reality, he will serve the rest of his life in custody”.
Crown Prosecution Service spokesman Nick Price, speaking after the hearing, said: “These defendants were involved in one of the most notorious burglaries of recent times and much of the property that was stolen has not been returned to its owners. Some defendants will have to return the money to their victims as compensation.
“If further funds or assets of the defendants become available, the CPS will ask the court to increase these confiscation orders until the full benefit figure has been paid.
“The group’s default sentences will meant that if the defendants do not pay their confiscation orders, they will have extra time added to their prison terms.”
The items are part of a £4.3 million haul seized by police following the £13.69 million burglary at Hatton Garden Safe Deposit in London’s jewellery quarter.
Some £3,635,000 of the loot – stolen from boxes after a drill was used to bore a hole into the vault wall – has been identified and will be returned to its rightful owners.
But the rest of the recovered jewellery, made up of less distinctive items such as gold chains, cannot be claimed by any of around 40 people who lost out in the heist.
Kate Moss painting to sell under Proceeds of Crime Act
He made over £435,000 in 30 years, selling artwork he was not entitled to or taking percentages of profits.
But at a Proceeds of Crime hearing, Gloucester Crown Court heard his assets were worth just £15,050.
The thefts were made between 1986 and 2013 from British collectors including Dire Straits' bass guitarist John Illsley and a German art dealer.
The stolen items included paintings of Princess Diana, Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan and Bono.
Prosecutors dubbed the case the Jonathan Poole Affair, after the hit Hollywood film The Thomas Crown Affair.
At a proceeds of crime hearing on Tuesday it was revealed Poole's only assets were a £50 scrap car and a painting he part-owned of model Kate Moss by German artist Sebastian Kruger, estimated to be worth £30,000.
'Wins the lottery'Prosecutors said they were not bothered about recouping the value of the car but asked the hearing to be adjourned for six months so Poole's share in the Kate Moss painting could be bought out or the artwork sold outright.
James Ward, prosecuting, said: "In reality, unless Mr Poole comes into real money or wins the lottery the police would not come after him for further money."
Poole, who was not represented and appeared by videolink, confirmed he would not be challenging the prosecution's figures and agreed to the Kruger painting being sold.
The hearing was adjourned until 20 July.
Police probe links between 'Night Watcher' and 'Wimbledon Prowler' as detectives fear soldier burglar is same man who carried out crime spree over 12 years in south LondonA "highly professional" armed burglar responsible for several multi-million pound raids in the Home Counties may be linked to a prolific intruder known as the 'Wimbledon Prowler', police said.
The violent thief dubbed 'The Night Watcher' has carried out at least seven burglaries since November 2014 and is said to be an expert in covert surveillance.
Surrey Police said his meticulous research, athletic ability and use of a sawn-off shotgun made them think he could have an armed forces background.
He said he saw similarities in the "high level of planning" and "reconnaissance" used by both individuals.
The Prowler is known for his ability to dismantle security alarms, dodge homeowners and scale properties.
Meanwhile, the Night Watcher is believed to spend weeks staking out addresses to track the movements of his potential victims.
The thief is also thought to have entered some homes prior to the raids to understand their layouts.
Victims have suffered beatings by the thief and claim to have been tied up by him during the raids.
In each of the seven raids, the burglar has been alone. He is said to use a sawn-off shotgun and shows willingness to use violence to threaten victims, even when children are at home.
He has targeted high-value jewellery and other valuables netting goods worth at least £1 million from each of the seven raids linked to him, although police believe he may have carried out further burglaries where residents were not at home at the time.
Surrey Police have released a description of the lone raider as white, stocky or muscular build, about 6ft tall with a south of England accent.
And the Scotland Yard officer said he is liaising with police investigating the Night Watcher to see if there is a link between the two individuals.
He said: "There are similarities about how he conducts reconnaissance - about how he sits and watches.
"If someone sits and watches in a garden for a number of hours there is a similarity [with the Prowler]."
Commenting on resemblances with the Night Watcher's "professional" techniques, he said that the Prowler was a "disciplined individual".
He said: "He may or may not be from the military but we don't develop those disciplines overnight."
The cat burglar has been targeting homes in the affluent part of south west London since 2006.
The man cases houses, disables security systems, and uses lockpicks to gain entry into homes to ransack them.
Victims have included former footballer Nicolas Anelka, who chased the man across his garden, and tennis champion Boris Becker. The intruder also often targets homes more than once.
At his peak the Prowler reportedly carried out 20 raids in four months, but he is not believed to have struck this winter.
In a three-year period between November 2014 and October 2017, the Night Watcher, who left little forensic evidence, carried out seven raids - two in Kingswood, Surrey, and others in Maidenhead, Berkshire; Chichester, West Sussex, Sevenoaks, Kent; Maidstone, Kent, and Virginia Water, Surrey.
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Ronald Lauder Takes Germany To Task Over Lack of Action on Art Restitution
Fate of Düsseldorf exhibition on Jewish art dealer Max Stern, still without a start date, appears to be mired in local politics
At the Axel Springer Journalists Club in Berlin, Lauder hosted an event to mark the beginning of the 20th-anniversary year of the Washington Declaration. In signing the 1998 pact, Germany, along with 43 other nations and 13 nongovernmental organizations, voluntarily committed itself to the recovery of art stolen by the Nazis or forcibly sold under Third Reich duress.
Lauder was direct in his criticism of the current state of restitution in Germany. He preceded his remarks by saying, “I may not be welcome here after what I say, but I think it is best to be completely honest with all of you.”
“The fact that we are still dealing with this topic is simply not acceptable,” said Lauder. “If Nazi-Germany had not stolen so much Jewish owned art in the first place, we would all be doing something else tonight.”
He pushed for action, remarking that “Germany has promised much, but has, so far, done the bare minimum to solve this problem.”
AN EXHIBITION CANCELED, THEN ABRUPTLY REINSTATED
In last night’s audience was Düsseldorf mayor Thomas Geisel whose recent controversial actions Lauder alluded to with his remark that among those to blame are “local politicians who cancel long-planned exhibitions for either political gains or other reasons.”
One of 2017’s most disturbing art world events happened last November, when Geisel abruptly canceled “Max Stern: From Düsseldorf to Montreal,” an exhibition about the life of one of the city’s renowned Jewish art dealers and his persecution by the Gestapo, who forced him to sell more than 200 paintings in 1937. Among his reasons for terminating the show, which was to have opened this week at the city’s Stadtmuseum, Geisel cited claims against the city by Max Stern’s estate.
On December 21, just one month later, Geisel did an about-face following an outpouring of international anger. He announced that the exhibition was back on in Düsseldorf, and that it would travel to Haifa, Israel, as originally planned, and then on to the McCord Museum in Montreal (where Stern settled after he fled Düsseldorf) in 2019.
In the wake of the cancellation, Geisel’s most influential and effective critic has arguably been Lauder, who in a statement released by the World Jewish Congress on November 29, remarked, “Considering the fact that the current German government has made tremendous progress in regard to provenance research, canceling this exhibit would be a major setback, especially for the victims of the Holocaust and their heirs.”
On the same day that Lauder made this comment, Hagen Philipp Wolf, speaking on behalf of the German culture minister, Monika Grütters, condemned Düsseldorf’s termination of the Stern exhibition, calling the decision “beyond regrettable” and adding that “exhibitions aimed at confronting Nazi wrongs are more necessary than ever at the current time.”
One of the exhibitions Grütters was referring to was “Nazi Art Theft and Its Consequences,” which opened on November 3 in Düsseldorf’s neighboring city, Bonn, to spotlight the 2013 discovery of more than 1,500 works—many owned by persecuted Jews—hidden for decades by Cornelius Gurlitt, the son of a Nazi art dealer. Grütters described the Gurlitt show as a manifestation of her commitment to “how important research into this bitter chapter of Nazi policy remains.”
NO FIXED DATE
While the Stern exhibition has been reinstated, questions remain about whether it will ever come to fruition. On Tuesday, Mayor Geisel told ARTnews by phone that a fixed date for the show is yet to be determined. In addition to Geisel’s reluctance to state the show’s exact time (though “a tentative date of November 29, 2018” has been given for a symposium on Stern, to take place at the Stadtmuseum), he explained that the vision for the exhibition will be “modified” and it will involve a new, yet-unnamed curator.
According to Dr. Willi Korte, the Bavarian-born, Washington-based lawyer, historian, and internationally renowned restitution and provenance expert, Geisel’s announcement that he was reinstating the exhibition may likely be “a fig leaf,” one that was put in place as a political maneuver to “stop all the bleeding following the cancellation.”
Lauder has a more diplomatic view. He told ARTnews by email Wednesday, prior to his Journalists Club speech in Berlin, “I welcome the Mayor’s decision to reopen the Max Stern exhibition. Now, it will be of fundamental importance that the city of Düsseldorf design a concept that convinces the international partners in Canada and Israel to reengage—as was the case with the original plans.”
A PAINTING RESTITUTED
The genesis of “Max Stern: From Düsseldorf to Montreal” was the Stadtmuseum’s April 2014 restitution of Self-Portrait of the Artist by the 19th-century Romantic painter Friedrich Wilhelm von Schadow. An early director of the Düsseldorf Academy, von Schadow shaped one of Europe’s most famous art schools, the alma mater of Joseph Beuys, Gerhard Richter, and Andreas Gursky.
The Stern estate located the painting in the catalogue for “The Hudson on the Rhine,” a 1976 exhibition at the Dusseldorf Kunstmuseum of mid-19th-century American artists who had attended von Schadow’s academy. The estate tracked down the painting at the Stadtmuseum, which was unaware of the work’s tainted provenance.
Self-Portrait of the Artist was among the paintings that Stern put up for sale on November 13, 1937, after Nazi law deemed him incapable of promoting German culture because he was Jewish. Faced with no other option, Stern liquidated the inventory of his family’s well-regarded Rhine Valley art dealership, the Galerie Stern. He listed the items at depressed prices in sale No. 392 at Cologne’s Third Reich–approved auction house Lempertz—infamous for trafficking “non-Aryan property” and where Cornelius Gurlitt sold a work by Max Beckmann in 2011.
After escaping Germany, Stern settled first in London, then in Montreal, where he rebuilt his life and became director of the Dominion Gallery of Fine Art. Stern never saw a penny from the Lempertz sale; its proceeds were ransomed by the Nazis to obtain his mother’s exit visa to leave Germany.
After Stern’s death in 1987, his heirs, and Montreal’s Concordia and McGill Universities, and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, learned of the dealer’s losses during the Nazi era, including the art that he sold under duress in 1937—facts that Stern had never discussed during his lifetime. (Having no family, Stern left his estate to three universities.)
To break Stern’s silence, his executors established the Max Stern Art Restitution Project “to meaningfully address his losses,” said Clarence Epstein, the organization’s director. Today, the initiative is one of the world’s most notable programs investigating Holocaust-era cultural theft. Since three universities run the project, all proceeds from the sale of any restituted works go back to the organization. “We are a perpetual plaintiff,” said Epstein. “Our goal is to put Max Stern back into the cultural narrative by reclaiming his art, no matter what its current market value is, to further the study of Nazi-era art restitution.”
Epstein’s message resonated with Dr. Susanne Anna, director at the Stadtmuseum. At the restitution ceremony for von Schadow’s Self-Portrait of the Artist in 2014, she stated before an auditorium packed with international media that her museum would organize an exhibition examining the place of Stern and his gallery in Düsseldorf’s cultural life before the Nazis erased the names of Jewish art dealers from the city’s history.
CURATOR TO BE ADDED ‘FOR BALANCE’
To put together the exhibition, Anna recruited the world’s leading Stern experts: the National Gallery of Canada archivist Philip Dombowsky (who manages all of Stern’s papers, including those he took with him while escaping Germany) and Montreal professor Dr. Catherine Mackenzie, who curated an exhibition on the 1937 Lempertz sale in which Stern liquidated his assets. Dr. Anna worked on the show for three years, forging partnerships with Haifa’s Museum of Art and Montreal’s McCord Museum, the venues for the exhibition following Düsseldorf.
Although Mayor Geisel has committed to reinstating the Stern exhibition, its vision and mandate will differ from what Dr. Anna had planned. In the days following Geisel’s cancellation of the exhibition he explained that its curatorial focus was not “balanced enough” because of its heavy reliance on Canadian scholarship.
Geisel told ARTnews that “one or two more [curatorial] personalities” need to be added to the exhibition team “for balance.” Yet there are no leading scholars on Stern in Germany, the country he was forced to flee. Stern took his life, possessions, and papers to Canada, which became a stronghold for study on him. Until Geisel announces the show’s new curatorial additions, its scope and vision remain unresolved.
If, as Lauder points out, a key component of ensuring the exhibition’s success lies in convincing Düsseldorf’s international partners to reengage, the likelihood of the exhibition taking place at all is low. The Stadtmuseum has contacted neither Dombowsky nor Mackenzie as to what role, if any, they might play in the newly conceived exhibition.
“I am still hoping to be instrumental in bringing the story of the Stern family in various art worlds to the attention of an audience in Germany that would, I believe, find it fascinating,” Mackenzie said. She added, however, that “there has not been confirmation from [Düsseldorf’s] cultural department of funding for the revived project, funding for the earlier success of which was fractured by the cancellation. It is [also] unclear what the relationship is intended to be between the symposium and the reinstated exhibition.”
DÜSSELDORF MAYOR MET WITH CRITICS DURING U.S. VISIT
Last Thursday and Friday Mayor Geisel visited North America. His itinerary included New York and Washington, D.C., where he met with his most outspoken critics, including Georgetown University professor and lecturer in theology and fine arts Dr. Ori Z. Soltes and Marc Masurovsky, co-founder of the Washington-based Holocaust Art Restitution Project. Conspicuously absent from the mayor’s trip was a stop in Montreal. “This leaves a lot of unanswered questions,” said Soltes. “While Geisel may have many strong intentions to see the exhibition happen, there are key details that need to be filled in before this can happen, including how he will work with the Max Stern Restitution Project.”
Epstein told ARTnews he will comment on this subject once he receives a report from Düsseldorf as to how the reinstated exhibition will unfold. “As with any international exhibition that has been publicly announced, by now there should be concrete information about its proposed timing, scope, funding, organization, catalogue, and curators,” he said. “Yet on all of these matters, we await information and answers.” In the meantime, the Restitution Project continues to focus on its core mission: recovering paintings that were stolen from Stern.
This controversy is the central one when it comes to whether or not the Stern exhibition will happen. “It all comes down to the fact that while there are many Germans who want to do what is morally correct and return Nazi-looted art,” said Epstein, “according to the country’s civil law, property cannot be reclaimed more than 30 years after it was lost or stolen.” Nazi-era art restitution in Germany has been particularly challenging since the door to reclaiming works through German courts shut in 1975.
“Keep in mind that Geisel first said he canceled the exhibition because Max Stern’s estate has claims against the city of Düsseldorf,” said Epstein. “Claims that the city rejects.” Lauder noted in his November 29 statement that it was absurd that the city’s officials justified their cancellation of the exhibition “because victims of Nazi art loot[ing] and their heirs are still looking for their property.”
It remains to be seen whether Lauder’s most recent criticisms will have an effect in Düsseldorf. “Lauder’s words already once significantly affected Geisel’s thinking,” said Epstein. “Hopefully, his comments last night will make a renewed impact on the mayor.”
How art thieves behind the infamous £80million Van Gogh heist could have traded the stolen paintings for drugs or arms on the black market (but only for TEN PER CENT of their true value)
- Priceless paintings by Van Gogh were stolen from Amsterdam museum in 2002
- Seascape at Scheveningen and Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen were taken in under four minutes
- Octave Durham and accomplice Henk Bieslijn were convicted of the heist
- But the now untraceable artworks had long since been sold on the black market
- Some 14 years later they were discovered concealed in an Italian mafia hideout
- The FBI has described the heist as one of the top 10 art crimes of all time
Read more at: https://www.lynnnews.co.uk/news/reward-issued-in-bid-to-recover-stolen-artworks-from-king-s-lynn-property-1-8348965
Read more at: https://www.lynnnews.co.uk/news/reward-issued-in-bid-to-recover-stolen-artworks-from-king-s-lynn-property-1-834896