Horns heist foiled

White rhino at Natural History Museum in Tring
White rhino at Natural History Museum in Tring

THIEVES who broke into Tring’s Natural History Museum at the weekend to steal prized rhino horns were foiled – because of a secret switch to a replica display.

Museum staff replaced the ivory horns on the rhino display with replicas made of resin just two months ago because of a spate of rhino horn thefts from museums in Britain and Europe.

The horns have a market value of £60,000 a kilo – twice the value of gold – because of a rise in demand in Far East countries for powdered rhino horn, which it was claimed used to cure ailments.

The security upgrade of the two horns – one a head and the other a whole specimen – at Tring duped the thieves into helping themselves to loot which was only worth about £50.

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