Works belonging to international textile artists stolen during workshop at Louth school

Several pieces of display artwork like the one pictured have been stolen.
Several pieces of display artwork like the one pictured have been stolen.

Artwork belonging to two internationally acclaimed textile artists that was ‘worth thousands’ has been stolen from Monks’ Dyke Tennyson College in Louth over the weekend.

Lincolnshire Police are appealing for information from the public about the thefts from the school in Monks’ Dyke Road.

Embroidery experts Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn had been welcomed to the school hall by Louth Textile Group for a talk on Friday and a full weekend of workshops.

The group’s Judie Purves said six artworks belonging to Jan Beaney and two belonging to Jean Littlejohn were taken, probably on Saturday. She said sketchbooks and videos were also stolen on Friday night.

Over 200 people attended the talk on Friday night in the school hall.

The husband of Jan Beaney, Steve Beaney, said: “They really enjoyed working with the group. The missing works took many hours over some years and are full of personal memories.

“It would be great if they could be recovered.”

Mrs Purves said: “This is really rather annoying and we feel very let down, this has taken 18 months or more to organise.

“Jan and Jean are absolutely gutted, I don’t think they want to come back to Louth after this.

“We think it was a targeted theft, the artwork is worth thousands and we’re saddened.”

Anyone with information about the thefts should contact PC Keri Willerton by dialling 101 and quote incident 334 of May 12.

A forwarding address for the items to be sent back anonymously is: Double Trouble Enterprises, 25 The Crescent, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 6AA.