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Monday, 4 November, 2002, 16:43 GMT
Remands after 'Beckham' arrests
David Beckham
David Beckham said he would protect his family
Five men arrested by police investigating an alleged plan to kidnap Victoria Beckham have been remanded in custody on unrelated art theft charges.

The men, four from Romania and one Kosovo Albanian, were charged with stealing from Sotheby's and a plot to rob the auction house.

Three of them were charged with stealing a jewel-encrusted turban worth up to 60,000.

The charges brought against the five men are:

  • Kosovo-born Azem Krifsha, 30, of London, charged with stealing and handling a jewelled turban valued at 60,000, belonging to Sotheby's.

  • London-born Joseph Rivas, 24, of Brixton, south London, charged with stealing and handling a jewelled turban valued at 60,000, belonging to Sotheby's and conspiring to rob a Sotheby's employee of an unknown amount.

  • Romania-born Rusu Sorin, 31, of Croydon, south London, also charged with stealing and handling a jewelled turban valued at 60,000, belonging to Sotheby's.

  • Romanian men, Adrian Razvan Pasareanu, 28 , of Morden, and Alin Turcu, 18 , of Sutton, Surrey, both charged with conspiracy to rob an employee a Sotheby's employee of an unknown amount.

    They were arrested in a series of raids by officers from Scotland Yard's Serious and Organised Crime Command unit, known as SO7.

    Four other people were arrested over the weekend.

    One woman has been released without charge.

    Three other people are on bail pending inquires into unrelated matters.

    Kidnap inquiry

    A police spokesman said inquiries were continuing into an alleged conspiracy to kidnap Victoria Beckham, as reported in the News of the World.

    "All five men are also on police bail to return to central London police stations on 18 November, pending further enquiries into these matters," he added.

    Victoria Beckham said she was "shocked" by plot claims
    Victoria Beckham, husband David, and their two sons, three-year-old Brooklyn and baby Romeo, have been keeping a low profile at their luxury home in Alderley Edge, Cheshire since news of the alleged plot broke.

    It has raised concerns about the family's security.

    The England captain's club, Manchester United, has said it is confident its security arrangements were appropriate.

    A club statement said: "We are very concerned by these developments because the safety and welfare of our players and their families is of paramount importance to Manchester United.

    Security review

    "However, we are confident that the security arrangements around the club's players and staff are entirely adequate, although those arrangements are always under constant review."

    But Beckham has pledged to review security arrangements for his family.

    He said: "We will be reviewing our security arrangements with help from both the police and the security experts at Manchester United."

    Contractors have been checking security at the Beckham's second home, at Sawbridgeworth in Hertfordshire.

    On Sunday, workmen from Ace Security and Electrical were seen unloading a van, taking equipment into the Georgian house and checking the mechanism that works the electronic security gates at the end of the driveway.

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