Ill-gotten gains of sci-fi fans auctioned off

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A galaxy of science fiction memorabilia seized from a pair of West Yorkshire thieves was set to be auctioned last night.

A haul of collectors’ items from Star Wars, Star Trek and Thunderbirds, including toys and costumes, were seized from the Halifax home of Julie and Anthony Nickerson. who were jailed last month for their involvement in a conspiracy to steal almost £2.5 million.

Mrs Nickerson, 55, who was jailed for five years at Bradford Crown Court in May, worked in the accounts and finance department of the defrauded Halifax firm, which supplies commercial laundry equipment.