Somerset

Art heist arrests seven years after £2m raid in Somerset

Apple Blossom by George Clausen
Image caption Apple Blossom by Sir George Clausen was one of the paintings stolen

Seven people have been arrested after a "complex and detailed investigation" into a £2m art heist seven years ago.

Fifteen well-known paintings, jewellery and silverware were taken during the burglary in Bruton, Somerset, in March 2009.

The raid was at the home of Esmond and Susie Bulmer - members of the Bulmers cider family.

A woman was tied up while paintings, including Apple Blossom by Sir George Clausen, were stolen.

Seven men were arrested after operations at various locations across England, Avon and Somerset Police said.

Two men, aged 51 and 40, from Gloucestershire, were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary.

Three men - two aged 61 and one aged 54 - were arrested in the south-east of England on suspicion of conspiracy to commit fraud and possession of criminal property.

Two further men from the West Midlands, aged 58 and 63, were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit fraud.

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