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Piper painting worth £10,000 stolen in 'targeted theft'

The Piper to the 2nd Marquess of Breadalbane by J M BARCLAY Image copyright Police Scotland

A painting worth £10,000 has been stolen from a house in East Lothian in what police have described as a "targeted theft".

The Piper to the 2nd Marquess of Breadalbane by JM Barclay, which dates from 1842, was taken from a house near Kippielaw Farm, near East Linton.

Four other paintings of black and gold Asian-style design were also taken.

The theft took place at some time between 17:00 on Saturday 15 April and 14:45 on Monday 24 April.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

Insp Andrew Hill said: "Based upon the specific nature of the property taken it is likely that this is a targeted theft.

"A vehicle would have been involved.

"The paintings stolen are all originals and very distinctive.

"Crimes such as this are fortunately rare. However, apart from the financial loss to the owner, they also involve a loss of history and heritage.

"If anyone has information about suspicious activity in this area, or knowledge of where these works of art are now located, please get in touch."

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