'Maurice' was a popular feature at Barnsdale Gardens, much-loved by staff and visitors alike.
Made from recycled lawn-mower and tractor parts, 'Maurice' was the centre-piece of the Reclaimed Garden, the last garden built by Barnsdale’s founder, the late Geoff Hamilton. It was the second raid by thieves on the Rutland visitor attraction in just a few weeks.
‘We are all devastated,’ said Barnsdale’s owner, Nick Hamilton, ‘Although he’s only made of scrap metal and has no real monetary value, he’s a one-off and priceless to the people who love Barnsdale Gardens.’ Nick Hamilton has posted pictures of the statue on the Barnsdale website and Facebook page, and is hoping that someone will see Maurice and recognise him, so that he can be returned to his rightful place.
If you have any information, please call Leicestershire Constabulary on (0116) 222 2222 or Crimestoppers, which is anonymous, on 0800 555 111, and quote Crime Number NR/00351/11-1.