Fishy story of miss­ing trawler­man

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Opinion - by Mike Ben­nett mben­nett@thek­m­

A DIS­TINC­TIVE land­mark used to pro­mote a fish and chip shop has been stolen.

The large statue went miss­ing from the lay-by out­side The Yel­low Fish­er­man in Maid­stone Road, Hoth­field, some­time be­tween 2pm and 10pm on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 21.

The six foot statue, with a black beard, has stood for years in the same spot, wear­ing a bright yel­low mack­in­tosh and sou’wester and hold­ing a large fish.

Po­lice in­ves­ti­gat­ing its dis­ap­pear­ance say the heavy ad­ver­tis­ing sym­bol, which was a fa­mil­iar sight to mo­torists us­ing the A20 be­tween Ash­ford and Char­ing, would need at least two peo­ple to move it.

Hoth­field neigh­bour­hood of­fi­cer PC Chris Miller is ap­peal­ing for wit­nesses to the un­usual theft.

A group of lo­cal teenagers said they saw it be­ing taken away in the back of a white lorry.

PC Miller, said: “The yel­low fish­er­man is a well known char­ac­ter in the vil­lage and I am hop­ing some­one saw him be­ing re­moved, or knows where he is.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to call PC Chris Miller on 07980 770577 or South Kent Po­lice on 01303 289180.

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