Police hunt statue thieves

Police Scotland are appealing for witnesses following the theft of a high value bronze sculpture near Shawhead, Dumfries.

The ‘Standing Figure’ by Henry Moore was stolen from the Lincluden Estate, Shawhead, near to Glenkiln Reservoir, sometime between 3pm on Thursday 10 and 3pm on Friday 11 October. The bronze statue was around seven feet tall and was attached to a large rock plinth prior to being stolen. The value is reported to be about £3 million.

The sculpture was part of an outdoor sculpture collection by Henry Moore and other artists, including the world renowned ‘King and Queen’ sculpture by Henry Moore.

Detective Inspector Colin Burnie from Dumfries CID is leading the investigation and said: “The sculpture is one of six on public display and as well as the monetary worth, it has great emotional and sentimental value to the family.

“We feel for Sir Henry Keswick who has continued to display the sculptures outdoors for all to see, despite them previously being damaged, and to now have one stolen is sickening.

“In this early stage of the investigation we have not discounted any line of enquiry. We are open minded with regards to the motive, the thieves could have targeted it for the value of the artwork or purely for its scrap metal value.

“It would have required some effort to remove the sculpture from the rock it was attached to and the weight of it would’ve meant a vehicle would have been needed to transport it.

“We would ask anyone who witnessed any suspicious vehicles in the area recently, including vans and larger vehicles, to get in touch. Often thieves will scope out a potential target by visiting it several times in the lead up to the incident. If you have seen anything out of place in the area in the past few weeks please contact us. Alternatively, if you have actually seen the sculpture since the theft please call police on 101.”