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Thieves steal 'one tonne' hippo from garden

The hippopotamus statue is made of bronze Photo: Kent Police

A statue of a hippopotamus has been stolen from one of the show gardens at a business which sells garden ornaments in Kent.

The sculpture is made of bronze and weighs three quarters of a tonne. It is believed to have been taken from the 'Chilstone' firm's site in Fordcombe Road in Langton Green near Tunbridge Wells between 5pm on Wednesday 9th January and 7am on Thursday 10th January.

Kent Police's Rural Taskforce team is asking members of the public to 'keep an eye out' for the artwork which as well as being extremely heavy - is two metres long.

The animal statue before it was stolen Credit: Kent Police

'The hippo is extremely heavy and in the past it has taken five people to lift it. It is clear those responsible would have needed a large vehicle such as a flatbed truck and may have also needed to lift it by mechanical means.

It is a hugely distinctive object and it is unlikely the offenders will find it that easy to sell on as scrap or to a collector. Because of its sheer size we are hoping people may have seen it being transported and also asking members of the public to keep their eyes open and report anything suspicious.’

– PC Nick Lingham, Kent Police
The hippo was on display in a show garden