Stolen artwork returned to Northampton grandfather after police find stolen car

Brian Bodily had his car stolen and all its contents which contained his art work which was due for exhibition. NNL-150427-115553009
Brian Bodily had his car stolen and all its contents which contained his art work which was due for exhibition. NNL-150427-115553009
  • Brian Bodily’s car was stolen from outside his home in Spinney Hill
  • The vehicle contained numerous paintings the grandfather had completed in the past year
  • After a Chron story and social media appeal police have now found the stolen car with the paintings inside

Artwork belonging to a 79-year-old Northampton grandfather has been returned to him after police located his stolen car.

Brian Bodily’s Vauxhall Safira car was stolen from outside his home in Ennerdale Road, Spinney Hill, two weeks ago after a thief broke into his house and snatched the keys to the vehicle.

Inside the car, Mr Bodily had a left a year’s worth of his paintings that he is due to show in an exhibition in June.

In a Chronicle & Echo story last week, Mr Bodily, who took up painting after his wife died nine years ago, said the paintings were irreplaceable.

Mr Bodily’s granddaughter Lucy Gregory, who put an appeal out on social media to help find her grandfather’s car, said Northamptonshire Police had been in contact to say they had found the vehicle, which still had the artwork inside.

She said: “We have been contacted by the police and told that the car has been recovered. Luckily all of his art work was left in the car as were most of his other belongings.”

Mr Bodily is well-known in Northampton for being an active and passionate member of the Scouting Association and is the president of the Parklands Scouts Group.

He completes all his paintings at a weekly art class held at Weston Favell Aacdemy.