Ten beautiful animal sculptures stolen from Darts Farm

Exquisite animal sculptures stolen from the trail at Darts Farm in Topsham
-Credit: (Image: Zen Wood Design)


Police are investigating after ten animal sculptures were stolen from the grounds of Darts Farm in Topsham overnight. The exquisitely-crafted wooden ornaments were part of the Darts Farm Sculpture Trail.

It is thought that in the early hours of Monday a chainsaw was used to cut the sculptures from their plinths. Police have appealed for information from the public to find the distinctive figures.

Sculptor Brandan Rawlings, of Zen Wood Design said: "I am really disappointed. You try and do something nice for the community. They were part of a trail that was very popular with families and people enjoyed them.

"It would be good for social media to share what has happened as much as possible. It's very sad."

Exquisite animal sculptures stolen from the trail at Darts Farm in Topsham
Exquisite animal sculptures stolen from the trail at Darts Farm in Topsham -Credit:Zen Wood Design

He said a witness reported hearing what sounded like a chainsaw sometime between 1.30am and 3am. The sculptures were worth about £10,000 but, cut from their base, may no longer have any value.

The stolen effigies include the heads of a lion, gorilla, bull, owl, bear, rhino, wolf, tiger and lioness. The animal heads were featured at the Glastonbury Festival and Brendan's work highly praised.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: "Police are investigating the theft of a number of sculptures stolen from Darts Farm Shopping Village near Exeter between Sunday 7 July and Monday 8 July.

Exquisite animal sculptures stolen from the trail at Darts Farm in Topsham
Exquisite animal sculptures stolen from the trail at Darts Farm in Topsham -Credit:Zen Wood Design

"It has been reported that 10 animal head sculptures were removed from their stands and taken from the walking trail area. Anybody with information is asked to contact Devon and Cornwall Police by calling 101 or visiting our website quoting reference 50240168225."

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