Police manhunt for thieves who stole a huge bronze HIPPO statue

Police manhunt for thieves who stole a huge bronze HIPPO statue weighing three-quarters of a tonne from a show garden

  • Two-metre long statue swiped near Tunbridge Wells, Kent, last Wednesday night
  • Brazen thieves broke into site and used a truck to transport the huge hippo away
  • Police are urging members of the public to ‘keep their eyes open’ for ornament

Members of the public are being urged to ‘keep their eyes peeled’ after a giant bronze hippo weighing nearly a tonne was stolen from a show garden. 

Police are hunting for the two-metre long statue – which police say would’ve taken five people to to lift – and the culprits after it went missing from Clistone, near Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

Thieves broke into the site’s show gardens between 5.30pm on Wednesday and 7am on Thursday and used a truck to transport the hippo away, police said.  

This giant bronze hippo - weighing nearly a tonne - was stolen from a show garden in Kent

This giant bronze hippo – weighing nearly a tonne – was stolen from a show garden in Kent

Brazen thieves broke into the site and loaded the statue into the back of a large vehicle before driving off

Brazen thieves broke into the site and loaded the statue into the back of a large vehicle before driving off

PC Nick Lingham said: ‘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.’

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