Thursday, 12 July 2012

Another Moore Stolen

Another bronze sculpture by Henry Moore has been stolen from the grounds of The Henry Moore Foundation in Much Hadham, Hertfordshire. The 22-inch-high Sundial (1965) was stolen on Tuesday night and is valued at £500,000 (CLICK). Seven years ago, a bronze statue worth £3m was stolen from the museum. CCTV pictures of the theft showed three men loading the statue on to the back of a Mercedes lorry using a crane. The statue has never been recovered and is presumed to have been melted down for scrap. The Foundation should have learned its lesson then and put in better security. So many bronze statues have been stolen in and around London over the last decade, as well as lengths of railway cable, bronze plaques and lead from churches, it's high time Government cracked down on these criminals.
Update: Richard Ottaway, Conservative MP for Croydon South, is introducing a private members' bill designed to reform the scrap metal industry.


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