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Thieves steal paintings from fayre stall

PUBLISHED: 16:26 04 December 2008 | UPDATED: 12:28 03 July 2010

MISSING: One of the painitngs of Reedham Windmill

MISSING: One of the painitngs of Reedham Windmill

A SUFFOLK artist who exhibited her work at Great Yarmouth's Christmas Fayre over the weekend had original paintings stolen from a marquee.

Former Yarmouth woman Angela Girling says she feels "annoyed" after three paintings were taken from a browser in a marquee on the Market Place on Saturday .

A SUFFOLK artist who exhibited her work at Great Yarmouth's Christmas Fayre over the weekend had original paintings stolen from a marquee.

Former Yarmouth woman Angela Girling says she feels “annoyed” after three paintings were taken from a browser in a marquee on the Market Place on Saturday .

The theft of the watercolour paintings which depict scenes from Pakefield and Oulton Broad in Suffolk and Reedham Mill, comes just weeks after a painting by a local Portuguese artist was stolen during the Out There Festival in the centre of Yarmouth.

The paintings taken on Saturday are worth more than £150 and Mrs Girling, who lives in Lowestoft, appealed to anyone with information to come forward.

Mrs Girling was running the stall with her husband Peter when the paintings were taken sometime around midday.

She said: “I nipped out for a few minutes around lunchtime but it got really busy. My husband recalls seeing people standing around the browser but he was busy serving other people. When he turned back to serve them they had gone.”

A short while later the couple realised the pictures had been taken and reported the theft to police.

Mrs Girling, who is offering a reward for the safe return of the paintings, added the print called The Boulevard, set in Oulton Broad, is well known in the local area as it was used for a promotional poster advertising the Artists Boulevard in Oulton Broad, a event which ran during the summer.

The paintings were in card mounts and were wrapped in clear cellophane. Two of the paintings measured 16 by12 while another measured 14 by 11.

Mrs Girling has exhibited her work at other events including the Maritime Festival in Yarmouth and the Lowestoft Sea Fayre.

On October 31, a pink acrylic oil piece by Maria Serrano was stolen from the festival's double decker bus arts display in the Market Place. Despite several appeals the painting has not been recovered.

Anyone with information about the theft should call police on 0845 456 4567 or if you know the whereabouts of the pink oil painting stolen during the Out There Festival call Seachange on 01493 846550.

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