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Mystery figure of woman found inside cavity wall

WORKERS carrying out refurbishment work at the Empire Theatre in Sunderland have been left scratching their heads after finding a plaster cast of a mystery woman.

The head of a woman was found inside a cavity wall underneath the stage which was being demolished.The stage is being expanded by Gleeson to allow larger backdrops to be set up.

Site manager Sid Mayhew said the figure has been used as an ornament in his office for the past few weeks.

He said: 'No one seems to know what it is or who she could be.There's some speculation it could be Vesta Tilley, who founded the theatre back in 1906.

'It could have been someone just playing a practical joke, thinking someone will get a shock some day.We certainly got that alright.'

Gleeson is due to finish the £4.6 million job this December.