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Boy George returns icon

Boy George has returned a stolen Cypriot icon of Jesus Christ after being contacted by the Church of Cyprus who noticed it in his living room during a TV interview where it appeared in the background.

Cypriot bishop Porfyrios of Neapolis said he felt "joy and gratitude" to hear George had returned the icon to the St Anagyre church in north London. The image was originally displayed at the Church of St Charalambos in the Cypriot village of New Chorio-Kythrea but it disappeared during the Turkish invasion of 1974.

The Culture Club singer bought the antique in "good faith" from a London art dealer in 1985.

George said: "I have always been a friend of Cyrpus. I look forward to seeing the icon on display in ... the Church of St Charalmbos from where it was stolen."

Watch Boy George's video for 'Amazing Grace' below: