Thursday 12 August 2010
Fresh appeal to trace valuable Irish paintings
Published on Thu Aug 12 15:18:04 BST 2010
Police investigating the theft of five Irish paintings worth around £40,000 from a property near Nottingham city centre are appealing to the public for help.
The artwork, along with a bronze clock, jewellery and electrical items, was stolen in August last year.
Since then officers have notified local and national antique and art dealers, and the property has been advertised in The Irish Times, Police Gazette and leading art magazines.
However, the painting’s whereabouts remain a mystery and police now hope the public could provide the answer.
The artwork includes four oil on canvas portraits, which range from £1000 up to £15,000.
The owner, who wants to remain anonymous, said: “As well as their monetary value, these items were very precious to us as a family and so we are prepared to offer a substantial reward for their recovery.”
Detective Constable Chris Underwood said: “The stolen paintings are not only valuable but also hold a great deal of sentimental value for the victim and his family.
“All the paintings are by Irish artists and may well be offered for sale to buyers or collectors throughout Britain and Ireland.
“I would appeal to anyone who knows the offenders responsible for this theft, or knows the current location of the paintings, or has been offered them for sale to contact Nottinghamshire Police immediately.”
Anyone with information should contact Nottinghamshire Police on 0115 967 0999 and ask for DC Chris Underwood on ext 5366. Alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
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