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£50k artworks stolen from Terry Bradley's Belfast gallery

£50k artworks stolen from Terry Bradley's Belfast gallery

Thieves have stolen around £50k worth of artwork and prints from celebrated artist Terry Bradley's pop-up gallery in Belfast city centre.

The raid happened last night, but it wasn't discovered that the Chichester Street gallery had been broken into until this morning.

Much of the art taken had been on order for Christmas. 

Terry's wife, Ashley, who manages the gallery, said that she was in the building with her 12-year-old daughter late on Wednesday, and fears they may have been in the building at the same time as the thieves. 

Ashley told the Belfast Telegraph: "The prints can be replaced, but the originals are irreplaceable

"People will know something. Terry has great support in Belfast, people are very protective of him, they will want to help and not like that this has happened.

"Those that buy his art will be outraged, they will not want to think any one will buy his stolen work and any one that will be offered anything by him should make sure it is from a reputable dealer.

"I think the people of Belfast will be horrified and collective word will help bring them back .We can't let them get to us, we have work at the framers and we will not let them win."

Ashley said that the shop will reopen on Friday with business as usual.

A PSNI spokesperson said: "Police are appealing for witnesses following a burglary of commercial premises in Chichester Street in Belfast overnight last night, Wednesday 23 November. 

"It was reported that sometime between 6pm last night and 10am this morning entry was gained to the premises and a number of paintings and prints stolen.

"Police are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the incident, anyone who may have any information that could assist with enquiries, or anyone who is offered a painting in suspicious circumstances to contact officers in Lisburn Road Police Station on 101, quoting reference 337 of 24/11/16.  Or alternatively, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."