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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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Museums Association kicks out Croydon over Riesco sale

The president of the Museums Association, David Anderson, used his keynote speech at his organisation’s annual conference in Liverpool yesterday to announce that Croydon Council has been expelled from the MA and to warn that it will be barred from … Continue reading

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Residents demand High Court review of Riesco china sale

Having already been told that they have behaved unethically, Croydon Council and senior councillors such as Steve O’Connell, Dudley Mead and Tim Pollard now look set to have a High Court judge rule on whether they have acted unlawfully over … Continue reading

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“Unethical” Croydon faces expulsion over Riesco sale

Dudley Mead and Tim Pollard, the pair of senior Tories behind the secretive scheme to flog off 24 of the most valuable pieces of the publicly owned Riesco collection of Chinese ceramics – first exposed by Inside Croydon – must … Continue reading

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Arts Council chief says Croydon “short-sighted” on Riesco

Alan Davey, the chief executive of the Arts Council of England, has today accused Croydon Council of being “short-sighted” over its pawn-shop sale of 24 items from the publicly owned Riesco Collection. Davey also promised to argue further with Tory-run … Continue reading

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Council report admits overwhelming opposition to Riesco sale

This is how “consultation” operates in Tory-run Croydon Council. The council had its hand forced (through questions by Inside Croydon) to admit that it had already off-loaded 24 pieces of precious china to a posh West End auction house and … Continue reading

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