Nuneaton News Bronze stag part of stock stolen from gar­den cen­tre

Nuneaton Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

THOU­SANDS of pounds worth of stock, in­clud­ing a five-foot-tall bronze stag, has been stolen from the area’s big­gest gar­den cen­tre.

Thieves made off with the statue, along with a col­lec­tion of Alice In Won­der­land or­na­ments and wa­ter fea­tures, worth a to­tal of £3,000.

Dob­bies, in Mancetter, near Ather­stone, is now of­fer­ing a ham­per to any­one who comes for­ward with in­for­ma­tion that leads to an ar­rest and con­vic­tion.

The gar­den cen­tre, which is pop­u­lar with fam­i­lies from Nuneaton and the sur­round­ing ar­eas, has a large stock of or­na­ments at its store in Nuneaton Road.

But the stolen stag, worth £700 just on its own, has left a gap­ing hole in the dis­play.

The or­na­ments were stolen some time be­tween 6pm on Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 22, and 7am the next day.

Po­lice and gar­den cen­tre bosses are now look­ing for in­for­ma­tion to track down the thieves, who must have needed a large ve­hi­cle to trans­port the haul away.

Richard Bull, hor­ti­cul­tural man­ager at Dob­bies, said: “It is in­cred­i­bly sad that our bronze stag along with var­i­ous other items have been stolen from our store. We are re­ally keen to re­trieve these gar­den or­na­ments, es­pe­cially the stag as it was such a prom­i­nent fea­ture in our out­door dis­play area.

“There­fore we are of­fer­ing a ham­per full of good­ies to any­one who has any leads which lead to an ar­rest.”

It isn’t the first time a sculp­ture like this has been tar­geted by gar­den cen­tre thieves.

A 300kg stag was stolen from a gar­den cen­tre in Sta­ple­ton near Hinck­ley in De­cem­ber and a four-foot tall deer statue was stolen from a Nottinghamshire gar­den in Novem­ber.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about what hap­pened can call 101 or Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

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