Carved statues taken from country park

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THESE carved wooden statues were stolen from Staunton Country Park in Havant.

Police have issued an appeal following the theft, which took place at the park off Middle Park Way overnight between Saturday, April 14, and Sunday April 15.

Four statues – worth a total of £1,000 – were taken in the incident.

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

The second owl is sitting on a pile of books.

The third statue is a tulip and the fourth is a child’s chair.

The statues range from one to one and a half metres in height.

Police say creating the statues would have involved a great deal of work.

Cllr Anthony Briggs, leader of Havant Borough Council, said the authority condemned the actions of those who took the statues.

He said: ‘There are people out there that know something about it and we would hope they would report it to the authorities.

‘The park as a whole is of interest to a lot of people, especially young children who visit to see the animals.’

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

Minicom users can call police on 01962 875000.

Information can be given anonymously by calling the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555111.