Duke of York's ex-girlfriend denies stealing £40,000 painting

Koo Stark, a former girlfriend of the Duke of York, has appeared in court accused of stealing a painting worth £40,000.

The 56-year-old actress, photographer and artist, who dated Andrew in the early 1980s, appeared at West London Magistrates' Court under her real name of Kathleen Stark.

Koo Stark, the ex-girlfriend of Prince Andrew, appears at West London Magistrates Court Credit: PA Wire

It is alleged she stole the painting from the flat of her former partner WarrenWalker, father of her daughter Tatiana.

Stark, who lives near Sloane Square in central London, denied stealing theAnthonie van Borssom oil painting, which depicts a moonlit coastal landscape.