Yate carver's £5,000 power tools stolen
A WOOD sculptor from Yate is appealing for people to help trace the saws he uses to make his art.
Andy O’Neill had six chainsaws, a set of drills and a leaf blower stolen from his van, which was parked in Glenfall, in the early hours of Sunday 30 December.
He fears that his saws, which are worth around £5,000, are gone for good unless people who see or hear of them being offered for sale pass on information.
Andy, shown above working on a sculpture, said: “A neighbour’s CCTV picked up on a tall man wearing a head torch acting suspiciously around the parked vehicles including my van at around 2am but the images weren't clear enough to get any kind of identification.
"I've since heard of two other vans being targeted and tools stolen in Glenfall around the same time.”
“I've also been made aware that a lot of people have been sharing this story via social media and I'd just like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has posted, shared and written positive comments of support regarding this - it's greatly appreciated."
Andy uses his saws to carve storm-damaged and diseased trees into sculptures, seats and play equipment.
After starting work as a graphic designer, his love of the outdoors saw him train as a tree surgeon before being inspired by an artist at the Glastonbury Festival to express his artistic talent as a chainsaw sculptor.
He has created art for the National Trust, Forestry Commission and councils, as well as private clients.
Andy is appealing for anyone with any information to either contact Crimestoppers via 0800 555 111 or to get in touch with him directly via his website, www.wildwoodcarving.co.uk
The stolen saws:
Two Stihl MS261s
Makita DLX2005M Limited Edition Combi Drill and Impact Driver with 2x 4.0Ah batteries