Thief definitely maybe an Oasis fan

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Published: Tuesday 28th October 2014 by The News Editor

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A police officer investigating a stolen painting of the band Oasis has said a “fan” may have taken the artwork, as she made a series of lyric-based jokes about the theft.

Pc Katherine Gosling, from Greater Manchester Police (GMP), said the force was not sure of the “master plan” behind the break-in and “some might say” they were looking for an Oasis fan, in references to two songs by the Manchester rock group.

The painting featuring the Gallagher brothers, Noel and Liam, and three bandmates was taken from the Art Gallery and Gift Shop on Bolton Street, Bury, yesterday morning.

Thieves smashed a window at the shop between 4.45am and 5.15am before stealing the black and white canvas painting, GMP said.

Pc Gosling said: “Quite what the master plan behind this theft is I don’t know, but a local business has been broken into and a one-of-a-kind piece of art work taken.

“This was the only piece taken and some might say we are therefore looking for an Oasis fan – similarly it may have been stolen to order. Regardless we are keen to find it and return it.

“If you have any information about the person responsible, have seen the artwork or are offered it, please get in touch.”

The artwork, which measures 80cm by 100cm and was produced by artist Olga Tsarevska Lomax, is inscribed with “otz2013” on the bottom right hand corner.

Oasis, who had a string of hits including Don’t Look Back In Anger and Wonderwall during the 1990s, split in 2009 after a huge fallout between the Gallagher brothers.

Anyone with information on the theft is asked to call police or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Published: Tuesday 28th October 2014 by The News Editor

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