A UNIQUE and highly valuable Chippendale table that was stolen from Newby Hall, near Ripon, four years ago has been returned to its rightful owners.
The twin-leaf Pembroke table, which has world-wide importance, was commissioned by estate owner Richard Compton’s ancestor William Weddell in 1775.
A painstaking investigation by North Yorkshire Police and the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Intelligence and Special Operations Units has culminated in the recovery of the table and 13 other antiques - worth an estimated £5m in total - following raids at homes in South and West Yorkshire.
The table was returned to Newby Hall at the beginning of October and is now back in its original place after being cleaned and polished.
Mr Compton said: “As a family, we are very relieved and delighted that the table is back in its rightful place. I simply do not know why anybody would want to steal such a thing as it is unsaleable on the open market.”