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Last Updated: Thursday August 31 2006 16:56 GMT

Famous stolen paintings found

The Scream
Two very famous paintings have finally been found, two years after they were stolen in Norway.

The pictures, called The Scream and Madonna, were found by police, who said they were in a better condition than they'd hoped.

Two men ripped the pictures off a wall in a museum, after threatening staff there. The museum was dedicated to the artist who painted them, Edvard Munch.

Three men were sent to jail for crimes to do with the raid in May 2006.

The men, Bjoern Hoen, Petter Tharaldsen and Petter Rosenvinge, were sent to prison for between four and eight years each.

Hoen and Tharaldsen were also made to pay 750m kroner (66.3m) to the city of Oslo to make up the value of its lost paintings.

"For two years and nine days we have been hunting systematically for these pictures and now we've found them," police chief Iver Stensrud told a press conference in Oslo.

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