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Theft reported at McCartney estate

From the Associated Press

British police were called to the country estate of former Beatle Paul McCartney after his estranged wife reported the theft of paintings, including a Picasso and a Renoir, from the lodge they once shared, police said Friday.

“We checked the premises and spoke to Heather Mills [McCartney], and as a result it was found to be a civil matter between her and her husband,” Sussex Police spokesman Paddy Rea said. “There’s been no theft.”

Mills McCartney called police Thursday night after discovering that paintings, valued at an estimated $19.5 million, were missing, the Sun newspaper reported Friday.

The Sun, quoting an unidentified friend of Mills McCartney, said that Paul McCartney had taken the paintings and reprogrammed the estate’s alarm codes, and informed her Thursday night by text message.

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