HORNY THIEVES FOILED

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THIEVES fled a mu­seum empty-handed af­ter be­ing dis­turbed by a have-a-go hero cu­ra­tor as they tried to nick a RHINO head.

Po­lice were called to the Cas­tle Mu­seum, Nor­wich, af­ter four peo­ple at­tempted the dar­ing raid on Mon­day.

The rob­bers paid to en­ter the mu­seum and fled when they were caught try­ing to steal it.

A Nor­folk Po­lice spokesman said: “The four left the scene in a dark hatch­back parked out­side the cas­tle and driven by a fifth man.”

Of­fi­cers are now study­ing CCTV footage and gath­er­ing foren­sic clues from the mu­seum.

In July last year, thieves stole a valu­able rhino horn from nearby Ip­swich Mu­seum.

This came just weeks af­ter other mu­se­ums were warned about a spate of rhinoceros horn thefts from mu­se­ums across Europe.

In Au­gust last year, thieves tar­geted two horns worth £240,000 at the Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum in Tring, Herts.

The horn has now be­come sought af­ter as is worth £50,000 a kilo – more than di­a­monds, gold, heroin and co­caine.

UK of­fi­cials have warned its sale is be­ing driven by a be­lief it can cure can­cer.

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