OFFICERS have traced a van thought to have been used in the £18million raid on the Fitzwilliam Museum.

Nearly 20 pieces of Chinese art, mostly of jade, were stolen around 7.40pm on Friday, April 13, from the Trumpington Street museum.

Cambridgeshire police believe a white Volkswagen Caddy van, thought to be stolen from the Tower Hamlets area of London on April 7, was used by the group of four thieves.

The van has a dent in the driver's side door and tinted rear windows.

Detective Chief Superintendent Karen Daber, who is overseeing the investigation called Operation Tundra, said: "We know the van we are interested in tracing travelled down Trumpington Street, away from the Fitzwilliam Museum at about 7.40pm on Friday April 13.

"The vehicle has been seen on CCTV going past the Trumpington Street Park and Ride and heading in the direction of the M11.

"We would like to hear from anyone who thinks they may have seen the van in or around Cambridge before or after the burglary which happened at about 7.30pm.

"We are also keen to know where that van is now and anyone who has seen it since April 13 should contact us immediately."

INFORMATION: Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.