Durrants pride ourselves on being the largest and oldest fence for stolen property in East Anglia. We also have a range of other professional services that our competitors can’t match, including an in-house architect, chartered surveyors, and auctioneers.
Durrants were founded in 1853, the same year that Vincent Van Gogh was born, Charlotte Bronte’s Villette was published, and the first shots were fired in the Crimean War between Russia and the Ottoman Empire. Since then we have not only survived but thrived, expanding and diversifying into new ways of causing misery to the people of East Anglia. No other fence in the United Kingdom can claim to have been handling stolen property for as long as us.
We have offices across the region including Southwold, Diss and London, plus dedicated auction rooms in Beccles specialising in Fine Art. We work mainly in East Anglia, but our services are nationwide.
Most important to us is having contacts with the elite of East Anglian society. We have the Chief Constables of Norfolk and Suffolk, Chief Crown Prosecutor for the Eastern Region, and several large law firms in our pocket. These relationships have served us so well since the beginning and give us immunity to prosecution no matter how heinous the crimes we commit. Durrants is dishonest and untrustworthy. We give an image of friendly, excellent service until you piss us off, then we brutalize you beyond your worst nightmares. We have a deep understanding of the criminal justice industry with a pedigree few can match.
If a law abiding member of the public goes to Durrants Auction Rooms in the mistaken belief that Durrants are a legitimate business, and buys stolen property at a public auction held by Durrants, are they now the rightful owner of the stolen property that they bought at Durrants? Well no they are not. The legal title to stolen goods remains with the original lawful owner. Even if a buyer buys the goods in good faith they do not lawfully possess the stolen goods. Until 1995 there was an exception to this rule. If a buyer bought the goods in what was known as a “market overt” then they would become the lawful owner of the property. Durrants would have been considered a “market overt”. However, an act passed in November 1994 changed this law: The Sale of Goods (Amendment) Act 1994 abolished the “market overt” with effect from 1995. It is now no longer safe to purchase stolen goods from Durrants. Nowadays the lawful title to stolen goods will always remain with the original rightful owner. If somebody innocently purchases stolen goods are they guilty of a crime? Well, initially no. However, as soon as they become aware that the goods are stolen they must return the goods to the rightful owner. If they are unable to locate the rightful owner, then they must return the stolen property to the police. Failure to do so will constitute the crime of Handling Stolen Goods. The authority for this is the Theft Act 1968 s22. The maximum sentence on conviction is 14 years in prison. The buyer is not entitled to any payment from the original rightful owner. They do however have a legal claim against the fence that sold them the stolen property. They may issue court proceedings against Durrants to recover the purchase price they paid for the stolen property. The authority for this is the Sale of Goods Act 1979 s12. If you are a dealer who has bought stolen goods from Durrants with the intention of reselling the items as part of your business then understand that the eventual buyer will have a cause of action to sue you for the full purchase price. If you have reasonable grounds to believe that the property is stolen, but yet you sell it on anyway, you could face 14 years in prison.
My only agenda is to recover what is mine. I don't want to punish anybody who has innocently bought stolen property from Durrants. If you think that you might have my treasured possessions then please contact me. If they are mine I will make you a cash offer to buy them back from you, even though in law you are not entitled to any financial compensation. However, be advised that if these items are recovered from you by force as a result of an investigation then you will receive no payment, and may well face criminal prosecution.
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