Monday 18 December 2017

Bronze polar bear sculpture stolen

A life-size bronze sculpture of a polar bear skeleton has been stolen from the front lawn of a property in West Hatch, Tisbury (Wiltshire Police/PA Wire)
A life-size bronze sculpture of a polar bear skeleton has been stolen from the front lawn of a property in West Hatch, Tisbury (Wiltshire Police/PA Wire)

Thieves have stolen a life-size bronze sculpture of a polar bear skeleton, police said.

The sculpture, which is valued at more than £15,000, was taken from the front lawn of a property in West Hatch, near Tisbury, Wiltshire overnight on Monday.

The artwork was created by a local sculptor for the Polar Bear Project which was an international scheme highlighting the plight of polar bears across the world.

Pc Matt Price, of Wiltshire Police, said the sculpture was not free standing and was secured with a metal structure.

"Due to the size and weight of the sculpture we suspect that a low loader with a hiab would be required to pull the sculpture from its moorings," he said.

"With that in mind, I would like to hear from anyone who saw large vehicles in the area or any suspicious activity.

"It is often the case that items are stolen to be sold as scrap metal and we need the help of the public to locate the sculpture and identify those responsible quickly."

Press Association

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