£19,000 statue stolen during Badminton Horse Trials

May 09 2022
£19,000 statue stolen during Badminton Horse Trials

A STATUE worth £19,000 has been stolen during the Badminton Horse Trials.

Avon and Somerset police say the large bronze statue of a hare was taken overnight between Saturday and Sunday from a trade stand at the event, held near Chipping Sodbury.

Made by Somerset artist Jan Sweeney, it was on a hamstone (limestone) base and was 135cm (about 4ft 5in) tall in height.

 PC Matt Leigh said: "Being bronze, the statue weighs a considerable amount, so it’s likely more than one person was involved in removing it from the trade stand it was on display at.

"We’re keen to hear from anyone who may have seen it being removed or transported.

"If you have information which could help us recover the statue and find those responsible for the theft, please call 101."

Witnesses should quote the crime reference number 5222 108 421.