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Peck's Walk of Fame star stolen
Gregory Peck
Peck's star was originally installed in the late 1950s
Gregory Peck's star has been stolen from the Hollywood Walk of Fame after thieves cut it out of the pavement it had lain in for more than 40 years.

"They just left a big hole out there," said Johnny Grant, Hollywood's honorary mayor. "Somebody went out there with a cement saw and carved it out."

The star apparently vanished between 17 and 22 November, he said. A replacement has been partially installed.

Peck's is the fourth star to be stolen since the Walk of Fame began in 1958.

The others - which vanished after being removed during construction projects - belonged to James Stewart, Kirk Douglas and "singing cowboy" Gene Autry.

Two were subsequently recovered by police, said Mr Grant.

Peck's star, which was located at 6100 Hollywood Boulevard, was one of about 1,500 laid between 1958 and 1959 prior to the landmark's official dedication in 1960.

The actor, who won an Oscar for his role as crusading lawyer Atticus Finch in 1962's To Kill a Mockingbird, died in 2003 at the age of 87.

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