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Attempt to steal valuable Rembrandt paintings from Dulwich Picture Gallery foiled

Two highly valuable paintings by Rembrandt were removed from the walls of a south London gallery by a thief who was attempting to steal them.

The intruder broke into the Dulwich Picture Gallery on Wednesday night. The pictures, which are part of the Rembrandt's Light exhibition, were taken from the walls, but secured at the scene after alarms were triggered and police alerted.

A police officer was sprayed in the face with an unknown substance as he chased one of the suspects. He was not seriously injured, but the intruder managed to escape.

A detail of one of the paintings in the exhibition Credit: Dulwich Picture Gallery

One painting was found immediately, the second was found by police and secruity staff in the gallery grounds shortly afterwards.

The gallery is closed to the public today and extra security staff could be seen outside.

Extra security outside the gallery on Friday morning

Last night intruders attempted to remove two paintings from Dulwich Picture Gallery’s 'Rembrandt’s Light’ exhibition.

The intruders were detected by the gallery’s robust security systems and, thanks to the immediate intervention of security staff and the swift response of the Metropolitan Police, the paintings were secured at the scene.

– Dulwich Picture Galllery spokesperson

Police described the robbery attempt as 'audacious' and are are appealing to anyone with information about the gallery break-in to call them.