Friday, 23 December 2011

Reward Increase

Last Tuesday I reported on the theft of Barbara Hepworth's Two Forms (Divided Circle) from Dulwich Park in south London, torn from its base by scrap metal thieves (CLICK). Today Barbara Hepworth's granddaughter, Dr Sophie Bowness, added £4,000 to the £1,000 already offered by Southwark Council for the return of the sculpture and the arrest and conviction of the thieves (title link). My guess is that it is already too late. These criminals have heavy lifting gear and they aren't going to hang about. They had a criminal scrap merchant in mind when they stole the sculpture. The police are useless - they never recover these stolen works - and so is the law. Unless Government gets its finger out, we won't have any public metal sculptures left in London.


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