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Council could face £3m tax bill for unlawful Riesco sale

The diminishing returns from Croydon Council’s auctioning of part of the borough’s Riesco Collection of ancient Chinese porcelain look to be diminishing by the day, with a hefty tax bill now in the offing. After tax, auctioneers’ commissions and other costs, … Continue reading

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Council’s cultural vandalism leaves borough short-changed

102,440,000 That’s how much Croydon Council raised from the auction in Hong Kong this morning of 24 pieces of the borough’s priceless Riesco Collection of Chinese porcelain. Unfortunately for the likes of florid-faced Mike Fisher and his cronies Dudley Mead … Continue reading

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Council’s botched attempt to airbrush Riesco from web history

Croydon Council breaks its own policy and goes against its own legal advice next week when part of the publicly owned Riesco Collection of precious Chinese porcelain, which was given to the borough by Raymond Riesco half a century ago, … Continue reading

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Costs force campaign to abandon Riesco legal case

The battle to stop what is widely believed to be the unlawful sale of some of the most valuable pieces from the Riesco Collection by Croydon Council is over. In a statement issued by local campaigners, Charlotte Davies, chair of … Continue reading

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Please join us in the fight to save Croydon’s arts and heritage

CHARLOTTE DAVIES, pictured right, has started legal proceedings to stop Croydon Council selling the most valuable pieces of the publicly owned Riesco Collection of Chinese procelain. The case has the support of the Museums Association, the Croydon Natural History and … Continue reading

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Going for a song? Tory candidate’s Riesco connections

This is obviously just a coincidence. It has emerged, more slowly than the other names reported by Inside Croydon this morning, that a 15th name on the long list for selection to become the Conservatives’ candidate in Croydon South at … Continue reading

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Council risks legal action over decision to sell Riesco china

Croydon Tories deliberately ignored the council’s legal advisers to push through the pawn shop sale of the borough’s Riesco Collection. A confidential document, obtained by Inside Croydon, shows that Steve O’Connell, the cabinet member for finance, and Tim Pollard, the … Continue reading

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Council’s deputy continues to lie about Riesco Collection

With Croydon Council’s “unethical” auction of 24 pieces of the Riesco Collection of precious porcelain now barely a month away, there has been no let-up in the deceit being spouted about the disposal by Tim Pollard, the deputy leader of … Continue reading

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The Riesco resignation: Doesn’t Pollard read his mail?

Not for the first time, a senior member of Croydon Council’s ruling Tories has been caught out, saying one thing when there is clear evidence to demonstrate the opposite is the case. And as a consequence, Croydon has been accused … Continue reading

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Seeing potential for SEGAS building and Riesco “windfall”

As Croydon Council scrambles to hand every spare building or piece of publicly owned land over to John Laing to fulfil the ravenous appetite of the developer’s CCURV scheme, however unsuitable the sites might be for high-profit, high-rise apartments,  Inside … Continue reading

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