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A £2000 reward is being offered for the recovery of a bronze statue of Christ which was stolen from a Wiltshire village's First World War Memorial.
The statue, which is worth around ten thousand pounds, was taken overnight on February 28th from the wooden memorial at a crossroads in Wingfield.
Forces War Records, which helps people find out about ancestors who fought in the war, have offered half of the reward for information leading to the recovery of the statue. Wingfield Chiropractic Clinic is offering the other half of the reward.
Anyone with information relating to the theft can call Wiltshire Police on 101.
Thieves have targeted a war memorial in Wiltshire, stealing a 100-year-old statue of Jesus.
The bronze figure is thought to have been taken from a crossroads near Trowbridge in the middle of the night. Today one resident told us 'the heart had been torn from the community'.
A bronze statue of Jesus Christ, cast nearly 100 years ago, was stolen from a War Memorial in Wingfield, near Trowbridge over the weekend.
The 40 inch high statue, which was part of the War Memorial, was first put up in 1917 and is believed to be worth around £10,000.
It is believed to have been stolen from its position at the Wingfield Crossroads, where the A366 crosses the B3109, overnight on Friday 28 February into Saturday 1 March.
Three bronze bolts attaching the statue to the wooden cross were also taken.
PC Richard Gardner from Wiltshire Police says:
"This isn’t simply the theft of valuable metal, this is the theft of something symbolic to a community. It remembers those who have paid the ultimate price to protect our way of life which is particularly poignant in this the 100th year of the commencement of hostilities".