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Eleven men deny involvement in Bulmers family art theft

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Eleven men have denied offences linked to the theft of millions of pounds of artwork and jewellery from a cider-making family’s luxury home.Paintings worth £1.7m and jewellery worth £1m were stolen from Esmond and Susie Bulmer’s home in Bruton, Somerset, in 2009.The men denied offences including conspiracy to burgle and conspiracy to receive stolen goods.They will face trial on 4 June at Bristol Crown Court.Most of the paintings stolen during the burglary – such as Endymion by 19th Century painter George Frederic Watts – have since been recovered.The 11 men are:Liam Judge, 41, of Crypt Court, Tuffley, Gloucester, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to burgle
Matthew Evans, 40, of Coral Close, Tuffley, Gloucester, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to burgle
Skinder Ali, 38, whose address was listed as HMP Full Sutton in Yorkshire, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to burgle and conspiracy to receive stolen goods
Jonathan Rees, 62, of Village Close, Weybridge, Surrey, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to defraud and committing a series of acts intending to pervert the course of justice
Donald Maliska, 62, of Old Brompton Road, London, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to receive stolen goods and conspiracy to defraud
Mark Regan, 45, whose address was listed as HMP Long Lartin in Worcestershire, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to receive stolen goods
David Price, 52, of Virginia Court, Camden, London, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to receive stolen goods and conspiracy to defraud
Ike Obiamiwe, 55, of The Drive, Sutton, Surrey, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to receive stolen goods and conspiracy to defraud
Thomas Lynch, 42, of St Benedict’s Road, Small Heath, Birmingham, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to receive stolen goods
Nigel Blackburn, 60, of Broad Street, Birmingham, pleaded not guilty to controlling criminal property
Azhar Mir, 64, of Bufferys Close, Hillfield, Solihull, West Midlands, pleaded not guilty to controlling criminal property
Judge Julian Lambert released Mr Ali and Mr Regan on technical unconditional bail while their co-accused were all released on unconditional bail.Art collector Mr Bulmer was a Conservative MP – first for Kidderminster from 1974 then for Wyre Forest from 1983 until 1987.
Source: BBC Somerset