An artist has been reunited with his life’s work after the van it was stored in was stolen.

Jon Astrop thought he would never again see his work, including 70 canvasses, when he noticed his van had been had been stolen on Saturday morning from School Way in North Finchley.

A Newham police officer saw a public appeal and checked information gathered during police operations using vehicle registration number checks.

He found the van had been recorded in Woodford Green and officers were sent to the area.

It was then found in Armstrong Avenue, Woodford Green, with the paintings were still inside.
Police are still appealing for witnesses and carrying out forensic tests on the van.

Detective Superintendent Dan Quigley said: "We are always pleased when we are able to return stolen goods to their rightful owners who have been victims of theft.

"In this case however, we are still looking for those responsible and are hoping that the use of forensic evidence will assist us with identifying the suspects.

"I am appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the van being driven away from School Way on the evening of Friday 24 January and likewise to anyone who may have witnessed it being parked up in Armstrong Avenue, Woodford Green to contact us here at Barnet Police on 101."