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Banksy prints taken in smash-and-grab from Soho gallery

CCTV still of the two suspects as they left after the robbery
Both suspects are described as white and aged between 30 and 40

Two Banksy prints worth £16,000 have been stolen in a smash-and-grab raid at a gallery in central London.

The limited edition pieces signed by the graffiti artist were taken by a man and a woman from Art Republic in Soho in the early hours of 1 May.

The man used a road sign to smash a glass window at the front of the building and took the artworks, while the woman acted as a lookout.

Both prints are about 3ft (0.9m) by 4ft (1.2m) and mounted in glass frames.

Happy Choppers

Both suspects are described as white and aged between 30 and 40.

The man is described as being about 5ft 9in (1.75m) tall, wearing a white, long-sleeved tracksuit and dark blue baseball cap.

The first print, Happy Choppers, is number 118 of an edition of 750 and was on sale for £8,750.

The second print, Nola [Grey Rain], is number 15 of an edition of 63 and was priced at £7,700.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the robbery.



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