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HBJ Gateley Wareing Glasgow corporate partner Calum Jones has appeared on petition at Dumfries Sheriff Court charged with conspiracy to rob and extort money. The lawyer was arrested by Dumfries and Galloway police yesterday (4 October) in a raid organised to recover a stolen Leonardo da Vinci painting worth £30m. The painting was seized at […]

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