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Thieves make off with five Terry Bradley artworks in raid on south Belfast house

By Allan Preston

Paintings by one of Northern Ireland's most famous artists have been stolen from a south Belfast home.

Police say five works by Terry Bradley were taken last Friday from the house in Knockbreda Park between 8.30am and 4.30pm.

The owner has appealed for information on social media, with images of the framed paintings shared nearly 800 times.

Thieves have targeted Mr Bradley's work before, with 50 of his original paintings - worth thousands of pounds - stolen from a pop-up gallery in 2016.

Several were returned last year following a police raid in the Beechmount area of Belfast. One of the recovered paintings was a large-scale work entitled 'Lucky'.

At the time Mr Bradley's wife, gallery manager Ashley Bradley, said she had been "devastated" by the loss, but was hopeful the police raid would lead to more of the works being returned.

In 2010 another Bradley original, entitled Girl With a Tattoo and worth around £3,000, was stolen from an apartment in the Bryansford Road area of Newcastle.

Earlier this year, the Bangor-based artist unveiled a specially commissioned portrait for the world-renowned Dead Rabbit bar in New York.

Other clients have included Bono, Madonna, Michael Flatley and the Bee Gees.

Mr Bradley's signature style has seen him focus on a diverse variety of subjects, from characters in the Sailortown area of Belfast to burlesque dancers in Paris.

His work has also attracted the attention of major corporate clients including Harley Davidson and Absolut Vodka.

Police say a number of other items were taken in the latest robbery, including a quantity of jewellery and an Oris Pro Diver Watch with a dent on the watch face.

"Enquiries are continuing and we would appeal to anyone with any information to contact police on 101, quoting reference number 887 7/12/18," said a police spokesman. "Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, which is 100% anonymous."

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