Kent Police is appealing to members of the public to help them find a stolen statue which was created in memory of babies who have died.
The statue was stolen between 1 and 4 May from a memorial garden at the Kent and Sussex Crematorium in Tunbridge Wells. It had been donated by the Stillbirth and Neo-Natal Death Society (Sands), a charity which provides support to bereaved parents and families. Sands paid almost Â£10,000 for the bronze statue which depicts two young children dancing.
District Commander for Tunbridge Wells, Chief Inspector Dave Pate said: â€˜The theft of this statue is simply despicable and it clearly only adds to the distress of grieving parents. I would like to assure everyone that we are working very hard to find the culprits and we are pursuing a number of enquiries to establish why this was taken and for what purpose.â€™
â€˜It is possible that the statue has been stolen because of its artistic value and we are circulating images of the property around relevant markets. Sadly, we have to also consider that the offenders may be looking to profit from selling this because of its metallic value. As part of our on-going enforcement activity to prevent metal theft we already make regular spot checks to scrap metal dealers operating in Kent and if anyone has taken possession of this statue I would advise them to contact us immediately before we find you.
â€˜I would urge anyone with information about this statue to think about what this means to parents who have lost their children. Do the right thing and get in touch.’
Anyone with information should callÂ 01892 502020, quoting YY/008849/14. Alternatively, contact Kent Crimestoppers anonymously onÂ 0800 555111.