POLICE are appealing for witnesses after jewellery was stolen from a gallery during a celebrity Christmas light switch on event.
The items were stolen from Hartlepool Art Gallery, in Church Square, while Coronation Street star David Platt – actor Jack Shepherd – was carrying out a meet and greet with town fans.
A woman is said to have sneaked into the gallery while everyone was distracted by the event and stole a jewellery box from a display.
A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police said: “Police are appealing for information after jewellery was stolen from Hartlepool Art Gallery after the town’s Christmas lights switch on event.
“At around 6pm on Wednesday, December 3, a soap opera celebrity was doing a meet and greet session in the Art Gallery, on Church Square, when a woman, described as wearing a white coat and white hat was seen to steal a jewellery box from a display.”
Police would like to speak to the female member of the public who reported this theft and also to anyone else who may have information on the woman responsible.
Please contact Pc Holly Angus on the non-emergency number 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.