Probe into art theft from Kane’s studio

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POLICE have released images of paintings stolen during a £100,000 theft from a Scarborough artist’s clifftop studio.

Kane Cunningham had 40 of his own paintings taken from his studio at Knipe Point and 26 belonging to his friend Mik Godley, a well respected artist from the Nottingham area.

The theft happened overnight on Monday March 21 and included 10 paintings which were due to be exhibited at Scarborough Art Galley in September.

Police forensic teams were called to the scene as soon as the theft was discovered and have been investigating it ever since.

Detective Constable James Temple said: “We’re doing what we can and trying to put the word out about what has been stolen.

“We have let all the local galleries know, but if it was professional thieves the paintings may have gone elsewhere in the country.

“However, at this point we’re keeping a completely open mind.”

Mr Cunningham says he was shocked at the theft initially, but has been philosophical since then, stating that he sees it as a “creative act in itself”.

He bought the landslip-threatened house in December on his credit card for just £3,000 with the intention of using it as a live art project.

Anyone with information about the incident, or who may know the whereabouts of any of these paintings, is asked to call them on 0845 6060247.