Rare signed picture of England 1966 World Cup winning team stolen from Manchester home

By Dean Wilkins

Rare artwork of monumental sporting history, including a signed picture of England’s 1966 World Cup winning dressing room, is missing from a Manchester home and is being hunted by police.

Two pieces commissioned by the owner – worth up to £3,000 – were created by Manchester artists and depict Piccadilly railway station, by Martin Murray, and Beetham Towers, by Liam Spencer.

A signed poster of Sugar Ray Leonard versus Roberto Duran in Montreal 1980 and a caricature of England’s 1966 team, signed by Sir Bobby Moore, Sir Bobby Charlton and Sir Geoff Hurst, were also stolen from the house on Egerton Street between June 5 and June 25.

Detective Constable Lisa Ogden, from Tameside Volume Crime Unit, said: “These pictures mean a great deal to the victim.

“He has a passion and interest for art, he commissioned local artists for two of the pictures and they will not hold the same sentimental value to anyone else.

“It is likely the offenders will look to sell on these on. If you have been approached with a view to buying any of this art, heard about someone selling these pictures or have any knowledge about this burglary please get in touch.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Tameside Volume Crime team on 0161 856 3227, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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