Monday, 19 February 2018

Cherub statues stolen in second garden invasion

Cherub statues stolen in second garden invasion

TWO cherub statues have been stolen from the garden of a house in Fawley.

It is the second such theft in the area in less than a month.

The lead figures, which date back to the 18th century, are 23 and 34 inches high and mounted on a square base.

One cherub is holding a basket of flowers and the other is holding a sickle and a sheaf of wheat.

The theft took place at the house, which is on the road between Round Hill and Crockmore Farm, between 6pm on Wednesday last week and 10.30am the following day.

The thieves used an angle grinder to cut off the statues. Last month, a statue of the Greek god Pan given by Sir William McAlpine to his wife as a birthday present was stolen from their home in Fawley Hill.

The 5ft lead statue, which is worth about £2,000, was taken between 4pm and midnight on December 15.

Lady McAlpine said at the time that “suspicious” vehicles had been spotted in the Fawley area recently.

Anyone with information should call the non-emergency 101 number and quote crime reference number 43180003216 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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