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Sculpture thieves caught on CCTV


Horse sculpture thieves on CCTV

Thieves have been captured on CCTV stealing a life-size carving of a horse valued at £7,000 from a house in Leeds.

Brannan Tempest had two of the sculptures made in the form of horses owned by his girlfriend.

He gave them to her after she was hurt in a car crash earlier this year. It is feared that she may never ride again.

One of the sculptures was stolen on Sunday. Mr Tempest has released CCTV footage of the theft and urged anyone with information to contact police.

The remaining sculpture
The second remaining sculpture was damaged by the thieves

The footage shows the thieves loading the sculpture into a van. They tried to take the second horse but gave up after it was damaged.

Mr Tempest said: "I expect that it would be maybe a stables or a riding school that it would be sold on to.

"It's very, very unique - 2.45m high 750kg wooden horses are not often found."

Mr Tempest said his girlfriend "felt very sick" after the sculpture was stolen.

He said: "Physically she's coming on quite well after the accident. Emotionally it's very, very difficult."

West Yorkshire Police have appealed for anyone with information about the theft to come forward.

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