A HEARTFELT plea has been issued for the safe return of a family treasure – a stone pig.
Patricia Huffell, of Penny Street in Old Portsmouth, was saddened to find the much-loved sculpture had been taken from her front garden on May 4.
The ornament, affectionately known as Pig, had been a part of the family for 26 years and was cemented to her garden surface, according to Mrs Huffell.
Mrs Huffell bought Pig from a garden centre in Fontwell about 26 years ago and it moved with her to Old Portsmouth six years ago.
She said: ‘It’s been there for years and children would pat its head as they went by.
‘I was waiting outside to be picked up by a friend to play golf and I saw it had gone.
‘I am very angry and upset. I am angry because of the nerve of people who feel they can just take anything they want.
‘It sickens me that we have these people around.
‘If someone has a conscience, or if anyone sees Pig, he would love to come home.’
A spokesman for Hampshire Police said a vehicle may have been involved in the theft due to the size and weight of the solid concrete sculpture.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Fratton police station on 101. Mini-com users can call 01962 875000.
Information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.