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Man charged over Lowry art theft

The Viaduct by LS Lowry
The Viaduct is the most valuable of the works taken

A man has been charged over the theft of a collection of Lowry paintings worth up to 1m from an art collector's home in Greater Manchester.

Ivan Aird was tied up and his wife and two-year-old daughter threatened during the robbery in Cheadle Hulme last May.

Five artworks were taken, together with Lowry's palette and brushes.

Casey Miller, 23, of Constable Walk in Denton, is charged with armed robbery and is due to appear at Manchester Magistrates' Court on Monday 16 June.

Three further men arrested on suspicion of robbery have been released without charge.

The stolen paintings have not yet been recovered but the inquiry is ongoing.

A 70,000 reward remains available to anyone who provides information leading to the recovery and return of the stolen paintings.


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