Mt Eden’s an­gel is miss­ing

Central Leader - - Front Page - By Jo­ce­lyn Rein

A LIT­TLE piece of Christ­mas has been stolen from Mt Eden.

Six lit-up an­gel sculp­tures put up on the foot­paths of Mt Eden Vil­lage last Fri­day night are down to just five af­ter one was taken in the mid­dle of Sun­day night.

Lo­cal res­i­dent Bruce Grant de­signed and put to­gether the angels and says the theft is ex­tremely dis­ap­point­ing.

“Why would you steal Christ­mas? It’s bizarre.”

Mr Grant put the angels up de­spite warn­ings from friends they would go miss­ing, choos­ing to be op­ti­mistic in­stead.

“Ev­ery­body said: ‘You’re nuts, peo­ple will steal them’.

“Then the first one’s gone in two days.”

He says he can’t un­der­stand what the thief in­tends to do with the an­gel – a twome­tre-high steel pole with hoops and wings and a chain of Christ­mas lights at­tached to it.

“It’s not as if you can put them in your front yard,” he says.

“I would un­der­stand if it had a re­ally high tan­gi­ble value that you could sell but th­ese don’t.”

Mr Grant got the idea for the angels af­ter a trip to Italy where he saw sim­i­lar lit sculp­tures on the streets of a small vil­lage.

“I like the idea of walk­ing with the angels in the vil­lage.”

Friends at a lo­cal en­gi­neer­ing busi­ness did the steel­work for him at no cost and he dec­o­rated each an­gel with long cords of lights that Mt Eden shop own­ers con­nect to their power sup­ply.

Mr Grant says the pub­lic’s re­ac­tion to the angels has been ex­tremely pos­i­tive.

“Peo­ple have been re­ally lovely with them,” he says.

Al­though he re­ported the theft to po­lice on Mon­day morn­ing, they say there is lit­tle they can do to re­cover the miss­ing an­gel.

Mr Grant says he won’t let it dampen the Christ­mas spirit though, and en­cour­ages peo­ple to visit the re­main­ing angels in the vil­lage.

“The spec­ta­cle is still pretty spe­cial,” he says.

Then there were five: Two of the re­main­ing angels light up Mt Eden at night.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Miss­ing an­gel: Bruce Grant is dis­ap­pointed one of Mt Eden’s Christ­mas angels has been stolen.

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