Hand-carved walk­ing sticks taken in raid

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

A WOOD turner has been left heart­bro­ken af­ter thieves took his unique col­lec­tion of walk­ing sticks worth £2,500.

They stole 70 sticks, made with deer antlers, from the gar­den shed of Derek Harman at Po­plar Road, Wit­ter­sham.

He had hand-carved them over five years af­ter spend­ing 20 to 25 years col­lect­ing the antlers.

Mr Harman said: “I am ab­so­lutely gut­ted. It’s not so much the value of the prop­erty it is the time I took carv­ing out these sticks and the years I spent col­lect­ing the ma­te­rial.

“I had only tem­po­rar­ily kept them in the shed while I was mak­ing a rack to put them in the house.”

The raid hap­pened be­tween 10pm and 6.30am overnight last Thurs­day to Fri­day .

Mr Harman only has three or four sticks left, which had not been in the shed. The wooden sticks were dec­o­rated with the antlers of seven dif- fer­ent species of deer. The stolen ones are four to five­feet long with hazel, holly and horn­beam shanks.

Some of the heads are carved deer antler in the form of a dog’s heads, the rest are antler sticks. They have leather or ny­lon thongs with tog­gles at­tached.

The sticks are sold to raise money for lo­cal char­i­ties.

Mr Harman, 68, is a re­tired wood ma­chin­ist who worked at Bri­tish Gates and Tim­ber at Bid­den­den.

He is also known as a nat­u­ral­ist who stud­ies wild boar.

Mr Harman has gained na­tional me­dia at­ten­tion for film­ing and track­ing the an­i­mals and first took an in­ter­est in them when he en­coun­tered one in the road near Ten­ter­den 20 years ago.

South Kent Po­lice are ask­ing any­one with in­for­ma­tion con­cern­ing the theft to call 01622 690690 quot­ing ref­er­ence num­ber FY/7857/ 10 or Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

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