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Mr Scott's arrival was heralded by a bagpipe player

A man accused of stealing a Shakespeare folio valued at £3m arrived for a court appearance in a horse drawn carriage.

Raymond Scott, 52, of Wingate, County Durham, was dressed in Highland tartan and was accompanied by a bagpipe player at Durham Crown Court on Friday.

He faces charges relating to the theft of a first folio that went missing from Durham University Library in 1998.

No plea was entered at the preliminary hearing and the antiques dealer was released on conditional bail.

Mr Scott, of Sandford Close, faces a total of eight charges including stealing the book, and an alternative charge of handling stolen goods.

The investigation began after a man walked into the world-renowned Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC with the 400-year-old book, claiming to have discovered it in Cuba, and asked for it to be verified as genuine.

Experts suspected the book was stolen and called in the British Embassy, Durham Police and the FBI. Mr Scott was later arrested at his home.

A date for trial is to be set next month.



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