TWO men have been charged with handling stolen goods following the recovery of a number of pictures from the Halewood area of Liverpool.
Police are still verifying the pictures, which are reported to
be original works by L.S. Lowry stolen from the home of art dealer
Ivan Aird in 2007 and worth over £1.5m.
The men were arrested as part of an investigation targeted at
serious and organised crime and, as well as the paintings, drugs
and cash were also seized after police raided the house on July
Malcolm Shields, 41, from Arncliffe Road, Halewood, and Kevin
Marlow, 32, of no fixed abode, were charged with handling stolen
goods and remanded in custody, while Erin Edwards, 32, also of
Arncliffe Road, Halewood, was charged with possession with intent
to supply Class A and B drugs.
The paintings being checked are said to include Tanker Entering the Tyne and The Viaduct, valued at £600,000 and
£700,000 respectively, as well as three pencil drawings.
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