Police search for missing painting

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POLICE have released a picture of a stolen painting in a bid to reunite it with its owner.

The artwork (right) is believed to have been stolen from a house in Catherine Street, Hartlepool, some time during the last three years.

A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “It is an original piece by Harry Thubron and is of sentimental value to its owner.

“Due to its abstract design it will be quite recognisable and has been painted in very thick paint.”

Police say the painting could have been stolen any time between mid-August 2008, and Thursday, August 18, this year.

Anyone who may know the whereabouts of the piece is asked to contact PC Chris Phelan, of Hartlepool Police, on (01642) 302110 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.