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Reward offered to trace missing Dumfries statue

Police Scotland are offering a reward for the recovery of a sculpture that was stolen in Dumfries and Galloway in October of last year.

The Standing Figure - a seven feet tall bronze sculpture by Henry Moore - was taken from the Glenkiln Sculpture Park on the Lincliden estate in Shawhead.

The Standing Figure Credit: Police Scotland

The sculpture was stolen sometime between Thursday 10 and Friday 11 October 2013 and as yet has not been traced.

Speaking about the investigation Detective Sergeant Scott Young of Police Scotland said:

“Throughout this enquiry the investigating officers have kept the owner of the sculpture, Sir Henry Keswick, fully appraised of all developments.

"A substantial reward has now been offered, which is subject to very strict conditions, for the recovery of The Standing Figure and conviction of those involved in its theft.

"We are keeping an open mind in relation to the theft and again ask that anyone who has any information about the theft should contact Police Scotland through 101, asking to speak to Detective Scott Young, Dumfries and Galloway Division."

Police look for three men in connection with £3m statue theft

The Henry Moore statue Credit: ITV News Border

Police are looking to trace the occupants a Ford Transit style van in connection with the theft of a statue worth £3 million in Dumfries and Galloway.

The van, which is described as an unusual shade of blue, was seen in the area a week before the theft (11th October).

The three occupants of the van are described as being in theirs 20s or 30s and of avergae height and build.

One of the men had ginger, shaven hair and was wearing anorange or red waterproof jacket with a full zip.

The men also had a collie-type dog with them.

The seven foot tall bronze Henry Moore statue was stolen from Glenkiln Sculpture Park.

Detective Inspector Colin Burnie, from Police Scotland, said:

"We are delighted with the response from the public so far in this investigation which has helped us immensely.

"We now require further help to identify this blue van and occupants and would again ask the public to call us if they have any information which may help us.”

Anyone who can help identify the men and the van are asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Stolen sculpture 'worth £3 million'

Police in Scotland are appealing for witnesses following the theft of a high value bronze sculpture near Shawhead.

The ‘Standing Figure’ by Henry Moore was stolen from the Lincluden Estate, Shawhead, near to Glenkiln Reservoir, sometime between 3pm on Thursday 10 and 3pm on Friday 11 October.

The bronze statue was around seven feet tall and was attached to a large rock plinth prior to being stolen. The value is reported to be around £3 million.

The sculpture was part of an outdoor sculpture collection by Henry Moore and other artists, including the world renowned ‘King and Queen’ sculpture by Henry Moore.

The sculpture is one of six on public display and as well as the monetary worth, it has great emotional and sentimental value to the family.

“We feel for Sir Henry Keswick who has continued to display the sculptures outdoors for all to see, despite them previously being damaged, and to now have one stolen is sickening.

“In this early stage of the investigation we have not discounted any line of enquiry. We are open minded with regards to the motive, the thieves could have targeted it for the value of the artwork or purely for its scrap metal value.

“It would have required some effort to remove the sculpture from the rock it was attached to and the weight of it would’ve meant a vehicle would have been needed to transport it.

“We would ask anyone who witnessed any suspicious vehicles in the area recently, including vans and larger vehicles, to get in touch. Often thieves will scope out a potential target by visiting it several times in the lead up to the incident. If you have seen anything out of place in the area in the past few weeks please contact us. Alternatively, if you have actually seen the sculpture since the theft please call police on 101.”

– Detective Inspector Colin Burnie from Dumfries CID

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Stolen sculpture could be worth millions

Dumfries and Galloway Police are investigating the theft of a Henry Moore bronze sculpture.

"Standing Figure" was part of an outdoor collection of Moore sculptures at Glenkiln Reservoir, Lincluden Estate, Shawhead

The value of the stolen sculpture, made in 1950, hasn't been revealed.

Last year another Moore sculpture, "Reclining Man", sold for a record £19m.

It is not known whether "Standing Figure was stolen to order.

Earlier this year and Moore sculpture worth £500,000 was stolen and sold for scrap for just £50.