Police seek witnesses after £15,000 art theft in Wickham

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POLICE are calling on witnesses to get in touch following an art theft.

Painting and sculptures worth more than £15,000 were taken from an exhibition at Rookesbury Park School, in Wickham.

Officers want to speak to a man and a woman who were seen acting suspiciously in the area when the artists were setting up the show.

The man was white, at least 6ft tall, slim and in his thirties. He had short, cropped hair and was wearing a dark T-shirt with “window cleaner” embossed on the back.

The woman was also white, in her thirties and wearing a nurses uniform.

Eleven paintings and nine sculptures were taken overnight between Wednesday, August 26, and Thursday, August 27. Many of the pieces are the work of local artists.

Anyone who saw anything suspicious or recognises either of the people from the descriptions should call DC Graham Skull at Fratton Police Station on 101 quoting crime reference number 44150297029.

Or information can be submitted online at hampshire.police.uk/internet/do-it-online/online-forms/message-for-officer.html

To leave information anonymously, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.