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PICTURE: Thieves steal polar bear statue

Life size bronze sculpture of a polar bear skeleton Credit: PA

Thieves have stolen a life size bronze sculpture of a polar bear skeleton, police said.

The sculpture, which is valued at over £15,000, was taken from the front lawn of a property in West Hatch, near Tisbury, Wiltshire overnight on Monday.

The artwork was created by a local sculptor for the Polar Bear Project which was an international scheme highlighting the plight of polar bears across the world.

Pc Matt Price, of Wiltshire Police, said the sculpture was not free standing and was secured with a metal structure.

"Due to the size and weight of the sculpture we suspect that a low loader with a hiab would be required to pull the sculpture from its moorings," he said.

"With that in mind, I would like to hear from anyone who saw large vehicles in the area or any suspicious activity.

"It is often the case that items are stolen to be sold as scrap metal and we need the help of the public to locate the sculpture and identify those responsible quickly."

Garden inspired by teenager killed in polar bear attack

The family of a teenager who died after being attacked by a polar bear attended the opening of a garden created in his memory today. 17-year-old Horatio Chapple, from Wiltshire, was killed during a trip to Norway last year.

The garden will be used as a sanctuary for people with spinal cord injury at Salisbury District Hospital.

Click below for Divya Kohli's report

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