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CUTS BLAMED FOR MUSEUM JEWEL THEFT

29-05-2010

Thieves stole jewellery from Birmingham's Museum and Art Gallery yesterday afternoon from under the noses of security staff who've been complaining about cuts in their budget.

Police were called after the robbery, and a Council spokesperson confirmed: "Four items of 19th century jewellery, not of high value, were taken from Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. The theft was discovered by a member of the security staff at approximately 4 pm on Friday 28 May.

"The items were contained in a showcase. The theft is now being investigated by West Midlands Police and museums staff.

"The items - a pair of wristlets and 2 bangles originating from the Indian sub-Continent, formed part of a display of objects drawn from the Museum's collections of world cultures material."

The Stirrer understands that there have been long-term tensions between security guards and their bosses at the local authority over staffing reductions, which it's claimed encourage break-ins like this.

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