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£300 Reward for sect informants

Title: £300 Reward for sect informants
Date: Thursday, 19 April 1984
Publisher: East Grinstead Observer
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TWO East Grinstead residents are to receive £300 each for their part in the unmasking of a theft of scriptures from Scientology European Headquarters in Denmark

The two, who have not been named, are to share a reward offered by the East Grinstead-based sect some weeks ago when evidence of the thefts both locally and in Denmark first came to light

The announcement follows the arrest of Mr Robin Scott, of Aberdeen, at Copenhagen in Denmark, where he is currently awaiting trial on a charge of theft.

Recently, a further reward of £120,000 was offered by the International Scientologists for information leading to the recovery of all stolen scriptures and to the arrest of others responsible for the theft.

Some copies of the scriptures — confidential documents dealing with the advanced levels of Scientology counselling — were previously recovered by East Grinstead and Scottish police.

High Court orders to help recovery were issued in London and Aberdeen.

Announcing the payment Michael Garside, spokesman for the UK Church of Scientology, said:

"These scriptures represent the highest levels available in the Church. They are only available to those who have studied for some time.

"Their value is inestimable. There are probably less than 50 people in the world fully skilled in their application and they are only held at five of our one hundred and fifty churches.

"We are greatly appreciative of the work done by the East Grinstead and other police forces who have shown a great understanding of seriousness of this issue," he said.