PHOTOS: Paintings worth £160,000 stolen in Hampshire art raid

| December 14, 2016

MORE than £160,000 worth of wildlife paintings have been stolen during a raid on a Hampshire zoo.

Police are investigating after the works of art, which include work by renowned artist Pip McGarry, were taken from Marwell Zoo.

Burglars broke in to the gift shop of the Owslebury-based zoo between 6pm on Thursday, December 8 and 8.30am on Friday, December 9.

Mr McGarry is "shocked and saddened" at the theft and said: "I am devastated that this has happened.

"I am a self-taught artist with a lifelong passion for art and wildlife.

"Painting is also my livelihood and it's a huge blow to lose these pieces, many of which were painted from photographs I've taken on safari in Tanzania and Botswana.

"I love exhibiting my work at Marwell and am proud of the long-standing relationship I have with the charity."

One of the 10 paintings, titled Young Snow Leopard, is worth £34,000 on its own.

Detective Constable Alex Hall who is investigating the crime said: “I am appealing for anyone who knows the whereabouts of these valuable works of art to contact me.

“These paintings represent a considerable amount of work for the artist who is devastated by their loss.

“Additionally the sale of these paintings would have benefited the zoo as a proportion of any sale is donated to them”.

Anyone with information on the burglary is asked to contact DC Hall in the Northern Investigation Team on 101 quoting crime reference number 44160463597 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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