Thursday, 24 November 2011

Daydream Stolen

Metal thieves in London have struck again. The bench where this bronze statue of Dr Alfred Salter MP sat is now empty, and Bermondsey residents are furious (title link). The sculpture commemorated a respected local doctor, politician, reformer and peace campaigner, a poignant three piece work entitled Daydream, with Dr Salter waving to his daughter Joyce, who died of scarlet fever, and her pet cat lying on a wall. The local council has put the other two pieces in safekeeping and has offered a £1,000 reward for the safe return of the statue. Metal theft is endemic in England and it's high time Government cracked down on scrap metal yards that knowingly receive stolen goods.


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