Staff’s anger at theft of wooden statues

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THIEVES have been condemned by country park staff for stealing unique hand-carved statues.

Artist Chris Bains spent weeks creating the two owls, a tulip and a child’s chair at his yard at Staunton Country Park, Leigh Park.

They were reported stolen on April 15, as reported in The News on Saturday.

They were each between 3ft and 5ft and would have taken at least two people and a vehicle to move.

Park ranger Dave Patterson, said: ‘Chris works here at Staunton and those pieces were part of his show collection.

‘He is a chainsaw carver and it would have taken a lot of effort to make them.

‘It’s a real shame that someone has stolen them.

‘At the end of the day when you steal from the country park you are really stealing from yourself because it’s a resource for the local community.

‘They are so unique that they won’t be able to sell them anyway. It must have taken two people to do it as they’re quite big.’

The statues are worth more than £1,000.

Two of them are of owls, one of which is on a stump with baby owls carved into the stump.

The second owl is sitting on a pile of books. The third statue is a tulip and the fourth is a child’s chair.

Anyone with information should contact PC Rachel Wyatt at Havant police on 101.