Lead­ing lo­cal artist Terry Bradley’s joy at hav­ing his stolen paint­ings re­cov­ered

Belfast Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - BY DAVID YOUNG

THE wife of one of North­ern Ire­land’s lead­ing artists has spo­ken of the fam­ily’s de­light at the re­cov­ery of thou­sands of pounds worth of paint­ings stolen last year.

The art­works — re­cov­ered dur­ing a po­lice raid in west Belfast — were some of the 50 orig­i­nal paint­ings and prints by Terry Bradley stolen from a pop-up gallery in Belfast city cen­tre last year.

Fol­low­ing the theft in Novem­ber 2016, his wife Ash­ley Bradley, a gallery man­ager, said she was “dev­as­tated”.

But a po­lice swoop on premises in St Mary’s Gar­dens in Beech­mount on Thurs­day re­cov­ered seven of the miss­ing paint­ings, in­clud­ing a large-scale orig­i­nal work called ‘Lucky’.

Po­lice also found a quan­tity of am­mu­ni­tion dur­ing the search of the prop­erty, as well as a mag­a­zine from a firearm.

It’s be­lieved the stolen art was dis­cov­ered in a lock-up at the rear of the prop­erty.

Speak­ing to the Belfast Tele­graph last night, Ash­ley said she had al­most given up hope of any of the stolen paint­ings ever be­ing re­cov­ered.

When she got the phone call from the PSNI about the raid she was a lit­tle scep­ti­cal, as there had been a cou­ple of false alarms since the theft, when the po­lice had no­ti­fied the cou­ple of the re­cov­ery of art­works, but which turned out not to be by Bradley.

“But as soon as I saw the pic­ture I knew these were some of the ones stolen last year,” she said. “I’m over the Moon. I can’t be­lieve it.

“We also got back a big hand-em­bel­lished can­vas ti­tled ‘Never Give Up’, which has just to­day been sold to a buyer in Eng­land. “We are de­lighted. We’d al­most given up all hope of get­ting any of them back.

“It’s a re­ally good feel­ing for all of us.

“It gives us hope that the other paint­ings and prints may yet be re­cov­ered.”

Ash­ley said that the cou­ple were pre­par­ing to open a new gallery at High Street in Ban­gor at the start of next month.

She told the Belfast Tele­graph that the ‘Lucky’ piece would be the cen­tre­piece at the open­ing.

The PSNI said: “Fol­low­ing a search, po­lice re­cov­ered a mag­a­zine and a sig­nif­i­cant quan­tity of am­mu­ni­tion. The items were re­cov­ered in the St Mary’s Gar­dens area of Beech­mount.

“Po­lice also re­cov­ered a num­ber of pieces of art­work that are sus­pected stolen prop­erty.”

We are de­lighted. We’d al­most given up all hope of get­ting any of them back ... it’s a re­ally good feel­ing

Ash­ley Bradley af­ter the theft last year, and (be­low) with hus­band Terry. Right: One of the painter’s works

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.