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Appeal after valuable bronze statue stolen from Badminton Horse Trials trader

The Big Hare
The Big Hare

We’re appealing for information after a large bronze statue of a hare was stolen from a trade stand at Badminton Horse Trials overnight.

The statue, which is on a hamstone base and measures 135cm in height, was made by Somerset artist Jan Sweeny and is valued at £19,000.

PC Matt Leigh said: “Being bronze, the statue weighs a considerable amount and 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 and are also asking those at Badminton today to keep an eye out for it.

“If you have information which could help us recover the statue and find those responsible for the theft, please contact us.”

If you can help, please call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5222108421, or complete our online appeals form.

You can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their Anonymous Online Form.

No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court or have to speak to police when contacting Crimestoppers.