A gang of thieves have made off with a £10,000 statue of romantic poet Lord Byron.

Detectives said that it would have taken several people to shift the "extremely heavy" four-foot solid marble artwork from its former perch in Godmersham Park near Ashford, Kent.

They have appealed for information to help them track down the thieves and mete out some poetic justice.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.