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Burglary update

Raymond Roberts, a 37-year-old Canterbury man, has been jailed for handling goods stolen during the January 2018 burglaries at our store at Kingsmead. Kent Police issued a statement yesterday.

Roberts was arrested by police on two occasions and found to have a total of 31 stolen items from the stores on his person. These included Roman coins and bone hairpins, fragments of an Anglo-Saxon comb and replica objects from the Trust’s schools loans collections. In addition, he had multiple labelled finds bags from a number of excavations, although in many cases the finds had been removed.

Trust Director Paul Bennett said “We are very grateful to Kent Police for their efforts in bringing Roberts to justice. Anyone knowingly handling items stolen from the Trust’s stores also runs the risk of jail and we will certainly continue to support the police in investigating any further leads on this case”.

Many items stolen during the break-ins remain outstanding. Pictured are replica Anglo-Saxon jewellery, beads and coins from the school loans collection which are still missing. Anyone with any information as to the whereabouts of the stolen items should contact Kent Police on 01843 222289 quoting 46/ZY/4200/18. Alternatively, contact Canterbury Archaeological Trust on 01227 462062 or by email at

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