Raymond Scott (right)
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Antique dealer jailed over Shakespeare folio

An antiques dealer has been jailed for eight years for handling a stolen copy of Shakespeare's First Folio.

Raymond Scott, 53, from County Durham was cleared of stealing the treasure, but found guilty of handling stolen goods at a trial in June.

The 1623 work was taken from a display cabinet at Durham University in 1998.

Judge Richard Lowden called the folio "quintessentially English treasure" and said damage to it was "cultural vandalisation".

Chris Buckler reports.

  • 02 Aug 2010