Appeal to find stolen painting
A burglary victim has created a copy of a painting which was stolen when thieves broke into his home.
The man, who has asked not to be named, hopes his own artistic efforts will help police trace the stolen artwork.
The painting was stolen when intruders broke into the man's home in Braunstone Lane, Leicester, between Monday, July 16 and Wednesday, July 27.
The victim said yesterday: "The painting is quite distinctive and I hope that by recreating it, it would assist the police in their investigation."
The raiders also stole a white gold ring with a small diamond and two cast metal money-boxes. One has a picture of a black man wearing a red jacket and has a coin-tipping mechanism, while the other is decorated with a picture of a clown.
Detective Constable Beverley Toon said: "The items stolen are particularly unusual and we believe that members of the public would remember seeing them.
"We have carried out house-to-house inquiries in the area, looked into options around CCTV and have spoken to and searched through local and online second-hand dealers, but we have not located the items yet.
"The owner of the painting has recreated the image in the hope that members of the public will be able to help us identify and locate it.
"If you have seen the painting or been offered it to buy, please call us and help us reunite it with its owner."
Call Det Con Toon on 101 or Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.