Betty Boop statue stolen from Tyneside shop

Image caption, The statue is popular with customers and staff, said police

A 5ft-tall Betty Boop statue has been stolen from outside a shop on Tyneside.

Northumbria Police said the figure of the 1930s cartoon character was taken from Marche Delicatessen on Briar Edge, Forest Hall, North Tyneside on Sunday.

Sgt Matt Bruno said: "I'm sure if someone saw a 5ft statue of Betty Boop being carried along the street they will remember seeing her.

"I also hope they remember who was carrying her as well."

He added: "The shop is particularly keen to get Betty back as she is a local landmark and is much missed by customers and staff alike."

The statue is worth about £500, according to the force.

Two days later, a Pumphrey's Coffee sign worth about £100 was also stolen from outside the store.

Anyone with information about the thefts should contact police.

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