COPS have issued a renewed appeal for information on thieves who stole art worth £2.5million from the home of an ex-Tory MP and cider tycoon eight years ago.
Esmond Bulmer, 81, of the Bulmers cider dynasty, and his wife Susan, 75, were on holiday together in Barbados when the raiders broke into their decadent mansion and made away with the luxury goods.
Fresh pleas … cops are calling for witnesses to come forward and help Esmond Bulmer, 81, and his wife Susan, 75, find artwork taken from them eight years ago[/caption]
Cops have arrested 11 men in connection with the burglary at The Pavilion, but are yet to recover the majority of stolen goods[/caption]
They are alleged to have threatened to pour bleach over house-sitter Deborah Branjum, and tied her to a stair banister before fleeing the property with the priceless haul.
Some of the gang are believed to have fled with the paintings, while others loaded the boot of the Bulmers’ Mercedes with a safe with £1million worth of jewellery inside.
Italian landscape by Pieter Bruegel … just one of the 15 paintings taken in the raid has been recovered by cops[/caption]
Edward Poynter masterpiece … Esmond Bulmer and his wife Susan were on holiday in Barbados when thieves broke into their sprawling mansion[/caption]
Up to 15 well-known artworks, along with jewels and silverware were stolen in the March 2009 raid.
The shocked house sitter was found at their house, The Pavilion near Bruton, Somerset, 18 hours after the break-in.
Cops have arrested 11 men in connection with the aggravated burglary.
All remain on bail pending further investigation.
The latest arrest was a 42-year-old man from Small Heath, Birmingham.
The unnamed man was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit fraud, and conspiracy to handle criminal property.
Back with rightful owners … George Frederick Watts’s Endymion was recovered by private investigators[/caption]
Still missing … Sir George Clausen’s Apple Blossom was among paintings stolen[/caption]
Richard Buckner masterpiece … thieves broke into Esmond and Susan Bulmer’s mansion eight years ago[/caption]
Thieves managed to get away with art worth £2.5million after allegedly threatening to pour bleach over a house sitter[/caption]
Officials have previously arrested suspects in Gloucestershire, West Midlands, London and the South East in connection with the heist.
Renewing their appeal for witnesses eight years on, Avon and Somerset Constabulary said all but one of the 15 paintings taken have been recovered by private investigators.
The outstanding painting is Sir John Lavery’s “After Glow Taplow.”
The jewellery and silverware taken in the heist have great sentimental value to the Bulmer family.
Sentimental value … the gang fled the scene with a number of jewels and silverware which are of great personal importance to the Bulmer family[/caption]
The gang got lucky with a safe that contained around £1million in jewellery[/caption]
Mr Bulmer is thought to have made £84million when he and his family sold their stake in the family’s Hereford-based Bulmers cider-making business.
Upon getting one piece of art back in 2015, Mr Bulmer, who was MP for Kidderminster between 1974 and 1983, said he was “thrilled”.
Police are appealing for jewellers and antique and second-hand shop owners who may have been offered the items to come forward.
Anyone able to help should call the Operation Shine investigative team via 101, quoting reference Op Shine 3559609.
Woman sitting at a window by Paul Maze … up to 15 well-known artworks were stolen in the raid[/caption]
Police have renewed their appeal for witnesses eight years on from the burglary, in a desperate bid to return the goods to the distraught family[/caption]
One down, 14 to go … upon getting one of the 15 pieces stolen back two years ago, Mr Bulmer said he was ‘thrilled’[/caption]
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