3 bronze sculptures stolen from an Indian temple greater than 40 years in the past are to be returned once they had been noticed on sale in the United Kingdom.
4 idols had been taken from the Tanjavur District in 1978 and regardless that the thieves had been convicted in India the items had been misplaced.
Remaining yr the Indian Top Fee alerted Scotland Backyard to a UK broker providing one on the market.
Police stated it used to be purchased in excellent religion and no offence have been dedicated.
The Met stated it had therefore known two extra of the lacking sculptures which might even be taken again to India.
Det Ch Insp Tim Wright referred to as the idols “stunning and traditionally vital”.
He added that they had been additionally “of spiritual significance so it is in particular satisfying that they’re to be returned to the temple from which they had been taken”.