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Rare 200,000 bronze horse stolen

Bronze statue of a horse
The bronze statue is one of only five created by Dame Elizabeth Frink

The art community has been called on to help police after a rare bronze statue of a horse was stolen in Surrey.

The statue, worth an estimated £200,000, is one of only five such works by sculptor Dame Elizabeth Frink.

The bronze was stolen from the grounds of a property in Crowhurst Road, Lingfield, between 2115 BST on 8 April and 0830 BST the following day.

A vehicle, possibly a dark Land Rover, caused damage to the lawn while gaining access, Surrey Police said.

Det Con Nicola Finlayson said the statue was an "incredibly distinctive piece of artwork" which was "instantly recognisable" and she was convinced someone would remember seeing it.

She said: "Perhaps you have been offered it for sale or maybe you have been asked to melt it down?"

Surrey Police said the Art Loss register had been informed.

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