Recovered Paintings Can Be Repaired

The three paintings that were stolen from the Manchester art gallery on Sunday and should be back on the gallery’s walls within a fortnight, despite being damaged. The works by Van Gogh, Picasso and Gauguin – were reported missing from the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester on Sunday.

A spokeswoman for Manchester University, to which the gallery belongs, said the paintings had suffered weather damage, and the Van Gogh had suffered a tear in the fabric, but added that all could be repaired. A note was attached to the paintings claiming the motive of the thieves was to highlight poor security at the gallery.

The paintings were in a public toilet in Manchester’s Whitworth Park

Detective Chief Inspector Peter Roberts from Greater nbsp;

Manchester Police (GMP) said: “The hand written note which was found with the paintings suggests they were taken as a noble cause, however unfounded this may be. If this is the case it has certainly backfired on the person or persons responsible and I am now investigating an offence of theft.”

A spokeswoman for the university stated: “The Van Gogh has a tear in one of the corners, but nothing that isn’t repairable. The other two paintings have been damaged from being exposed to the elements but all three should be re-hung in two weeks.”

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