Henry Moore sketch stolen in Broadway art gallery raid

Image caption, The sketch was made with crayons, felt-tip, pen ink and brush work

A Henry Moore sketch and two oil paintings have been stolen from a gallery in south Worcestershire.

The works of art are estimated to be worth £230,000 and were stolen from Trinity House Paintings in Broadway High Street at about 0150 BST.

Police said four young men or youths in dark clothing and hats were seen running off towards The Green and may have had a getaway car nearby.

Among the haul was Henry Moore's Three Reclining Figures On Pedestals sketch.

The sketch made by Britain's most famous sculptor is valued at about £45,000 and was created using a combination of crayons, felt-tip pen, pen and ink and pen and brush work.

The stolen oil paintings were "In the Lily Garden" with a painting called "On the Sand Dune" on the reverse, both by Dorothea Sharp, and Edwards Seago's "Thames Barges at Low Water, Pin Mill".

Simon Shore, the gallery's co-owner, said: "All three of these easily recognised pictures were painted by very well known English artists and are likely to be of interest to English collectors.

"Unfortunately, there are a few who will not be concerned about how they come by them."

Anyone with information is asked to contact West Mercia Police or call Crimestoppers anonymously.

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