£2m raid took just 2 minutes

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Thieves who broke into a museum to steal Chinese treasures worth £2m were in and out in less than two minutes, according to police.

The raiders spent 40 minutes making a hole in an outside wall at Durham University's Oriental Museum late last Thursday before making straight for an 18th-century jade bowl and a Dehua porcelain figurine. Detective Superintendent Adrian Green called it a "highly organised break-in."

Five people from the West Midlands were arrested for questioning about the theft and released on bail.