ERJ staff report (DS)
London -- The focus of Michelin's hunt for its missing stained glass windows has moved to Australia following tip-offs that the glassware featuring the Michelin Man could have been shipped there.
Michelin investigators have now narrowed down the possible location of the windows to either Australia or a Stoke-on-Trent refuse site.
The Australian link has emerged out of information submitted to Michelin through its stained glass amnesty, issued over four months ago. Michelin set up a confidential hotline and amnesty web page to allow people to leave their clues anonymously in the search for the original stained glass windows that once adorned the Michelin House building in London.
Peter Snelling, Michelin's UK Head of Communications, said: "The amount of information we have received by different people suggesting the 'Australian Connection' has moved this scenario into the top two of probable outcomes.
Numerous snippets of information generated through the amnesty have suggested a coincidental disappearance of the stained glass windows at the same time as many from the Stoke area where the windows had been stored - including some ex-Michelin employees - moved to Australia.
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