Police warn residents after thieves steal garden ornaments
POLICE are warning residents to lock up valuables after a spate of garden ornament thefts.
The warning comes after a number of thefts in recent weeks whereby crooks have entered gardens to steal items.
A police spokesman said: “Residents should lock items away or secure them to try to prevent thefts.
“Thefts from gardens is a seasonal problem and lawnmowers, ornaments and gardening equipment are all at risk.”
A wooden garden bench was stolen from a house on York Close, in Coundon, near to Bishop Auckland
, on May 18.
The two seater bench was taken from the garden between 1pm and 4pm while the occupants were out of the house.
It is believed the bench may have been dragged along the floor for some time as marks were left in the grass for a short distance.
It is believed that the thieves may have headed towards the crossroads where Leeholme Road, Wharton Street, Westerton Road and Victoria Lane meet.
Garden ornaments were taken from the rear garden of a house on Maple Avenue, in Shildon
, overnight between May 19 and 20.
The items have a sentimental value to the owner who is keen to recover them.
A stone bird bath approximately four feet high with a bowl one foot in diameter was stolen.
It is painted and has various patterns in the stonework. These include a tree trunk, red cherries around a bowl, a small girl with a blue bow and a small boy.
A sandstone statue of a boy in a lilac jacket carrying a fruit basket was also taken. The thieves stole two small fairy statues which are white, blue and pink in colour too.
Anyone who can help enquiries into either theft should contact PC Andy Denham, of Bishop Auckland Police, on 101.
(Reproduced from The Northern Echo, 22nd May)
Gardien Comment: Advice on all aspects of garden security, along with high quality security products, can be found at www.garden-security.co.uk
£14,000 of pub garden furniture stolen in raid
Criminals made off with £14,000- worth of garden furniture and the barbecue from outside the Crown Pub in the High Street on Thursday.
Caught on CCTV, they were recorded driving into the pub grounds in a white transit van and cramming three sets of glass-topped rattan tables and chairs and an outdoor barbecue into the back of the vehicle.
Pub owner Fiona Fenge was shocked to discover the furniture, recently brought out so visitors can enjoy a pint in the warmer weather, had disappeared when she arrived at work that day.
"I'd already been out there once and I hadn't noticed – I couldn't believe it.
"The furniture is really nice-looking – it's rattan, made of woven plastic, with glass tops, and just two years old.
"It's worth around £14,000 – it is insured but we'll have to pay the excess and there's no way we can afford to replace it before the insurance money comes in.
"Until then our visitors will have to make to with the benches outside – we've got no other outdoor furniture.
"People were just starting to go outside and use it as the weather warmed up, it's so frustrating."
Although the thieves have been caught on security footage carrying out their raid of the garden, Mrs Fenge is not optimistic that they will be caught.
"The film is really grainy," she explained.
"So you can see them going in at around 5am in the van but can't make out their faces or anything. It was so quick - in and out in 13 minutes.
"It's especially annoying because normally I park my car in front of the gate, so the van wouldn't have been able to get in – that was the one day I didn't.
"You can't lock the gate, but I never worried about it – you don't expect someone to come in and nick your garden furniture.
"I'm keeping an eye on ebay and Gumtree online – I reckon the thieves will sell them at local boot fairs – the tables and chairs will go for about £300 to £400 a set.
"It's a case of catching them at it."
A Kent Police spokesman said: "Police are investigating a report of a theft from a pub garden in High Street, Otford.
"The theft is reported to have occurred between midnight and 9.30am on May 9.
"An officer has attended the pub and is currently undertaking CCTV enquiries.
"House to house enquiries in the area have also been completed.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Kent Police by calling 101, quoting crime reference YY/8786/13.
(Reproduced from Sevenoak Times, 16th May)
Gardien Comment: CCTV pictures have to be clear enough for the police to identify persons. Property can also be marked to aid recovery, and a physical barrier to prevent access by vehicles is always recommended. See advice and product solutions at www.garden-security.co.uk
Crimebeat: Spate of garden shed crimes
A garden shed at a house in Craigneuk was deliberately set on fire at the weekend.
The blaze was started on Sunday afternoon, about 2.30pm, at a property in Gateside Road.
Any information to PC Cruickshanks at Wishaw police on the new non-emergency number of 101.
Garden equipment was stolen during a break-in to a shed in the back garden of a property at Thornlie Gill in Wishaw last Tuesday, May 7.
Contact the community policing team at Wishaw police with any information on the new non-emergency number of 101.
Another garden shed, this time in Ryde Road, Wishaw, was targeted by raiders last Wednesday evening, May 8, and various items stolen were pinched. The incident occurred between 5 and 8pm.
Information relating to this crime should be given to PC Galligan at Wishaw police on 101.
(Reproduced from Wishaw Times, 15th May)
Chance to improve
garden shed security
Residents in Mid Sussex are being encouraged to add extra security to their garden this spring by getting a low cost shed alarm.
As the weather
starts to heat up the opportunities for thieves can also increase with open windows, insecure sheds and gardening tools left out.
The Mid Sussex Community Safety Partnership is keen to help residents protect their property and is giving people the opportunity to purchase shed alarms as part of a spring crime prevention campaign.
Residents are being offered the chance to purchase shed alarms at a reduced rate of £7, instead of the retail price of £15.
The discounted shed alarms are available to buy from Town Council Help Points in Burgess Hill, East Grinstead and Haywards Heath.
“Mid Sussex is a low crime area and if we all work together to prevent crime then we can help to ensure it stays that way,” said cllr Christopher Snowling, Cabinet Member for Health
“These low cost shed alarms are a quick and easy way to add a little extra protection against thieves. Making life hard for opportunist crooks goes a long way towards keeping our crime levels low and making sure Mid Sussex continues to be one of the safest places in the country to live.”
For more information contact the Mid Sussex District Council Community Safety team on 01444 477550 or email
(Reproduced from Mid-Sussex Times, 11th May)
Gardien Comment: The above is the absolute minimum you should do but for a full range of security products and secure metal sheds, visit www.garden-security.co.uk
Novel Use for Pressure Mat Burglar Alarm
One of our customers has put the Pressure Mat Burglar Alarm to slightly unusual use - when her dog wants to go out during the night, it goes and sits on the mat near the door. This causes the alarm to chime in the lady's bedroom and then she can pop down stairs and let the dog out - ingenious! Not really a security issue but who cares? Could be a new line of business.
£600 bicycle stolen from rear garden
POLICE are appealing to the community for information after a £600 mountain bike was stolen from the rear garden of a home in Bath Road, Cheltenham.
The white men’s Inbred mountain bike had been locked up on the patio area at the back of a flat. It was stolen on either Sunday April 21 or Monday April 29.
Officers investigating the theft are asking local residents to report any suspicious activity they may have seen or heard in the area at the beginning of the week.
They are also asking anyone who is offered a bike matching this description for sale to call them straight away.
FELTWELL: Barn owl stolen from back garden
A barn owl has been stolen from an aviary in Feltwell, Kings Lynn.
Thieves raided the back garden of a home in Hereward Way, Feltwell, on Wednesday, April 17.
The light brown female barn owl was wearing a leather foot brace with brass eyelets at the time of the theft, which happened between 1.15am and 6.30am.
Thieves also took traps, cages and pest control equipment.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on the 101 number.
(Reproduced from Lynn Times, 30th April)
Gardien Comment: Sadly, valuable birds are often targeted by organized thieves. It is reasonably cheap to install a very effective alarm system to guard against intruders - see http://www.garden-security.co.uk/garden-alarm.aspx
. Buy an extra receiver for £20.00 and set the system so you hear a polite chime in the house but sound a loud alarm by the aviary
Householders across Cleveland warned to lock up their goods as spring blossoms
AS spring finally arrives, residents are being reminded to Nip Garden Crime in the Bud and protect their outdoor goods.
Cleveland Police has launched its spring and summer campaign to drive down thefts from sheds, gardens and garages. Historically garden and shed burglaries tend to rise in the spring and everyone is urged to take action to prevent becoming a victim of crime by remaining extra vigilant.
Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Mick Hunt, Redcar and Cleveland District Crime Manager, said: “Although crime across the force remains low, we are determined to drive it down further.
“To do this we want to actively involve the community by ensuring they take preventative measures to avoid becoming a victim of crime in addition to keeping a watchful eye on their own and their neighbour’s property and report any suspicious activity.”
And crime prevention officers are encouraging people to join Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) schemes to help cut down on theft.
For more information about NHW schemes, contact your local neighbourhood problem solving coordinator on 01642-326326 or www.cleveland.police.uk
(Reproduced from The Northern Echo, 25th April)
Close the garden gate on crime - police advise
Local Neighbourhood Inspector Alison Ferguson said: “Securing your shed is important and burglars will take advantage of any opportunity to gain easy access. Make sure that doors are solid enough not to be kicked in and fit strong closed shackle padlocks.
“You should never leave a garage or garden shed unlocked, especially if it has a connecting door to the house. A thief could get in and work on the inner door in privacy.
“Ideally, expensive equipment and toys should not be stored in a shed however if you have no alternative, ensure you permanently mark items and keep a record of what you have stored. UV pens can be used to invisibly mark your property with your postcode.
“Make sure large items such as bicycles are chained together too as it’s more difficult for a thief to carry away large heavy items.
“Ladders should be locked to a secure fixture in the shed or garage so they cannot be used to access upstairs windows.”
“To make your shed secure ensure that meshes or grills are fitted to the windows and invest in an alarm. It is also worth checking that your household insurance policy covers garden or shed equipment and find out if any minimum security standards apply,” said Inspector Ferguson.
If you require any crime prevention advice, contact your local crime prevention officer on 0845 600 8000.
(Reproduced from the Ballymena Times, 22nd April)
Gardien Comment: All the above is sound, basic advice. Much more, and quality security products, can be found at www.garden-security.co.uk
Garden, garage and shed security check warning
The Elmbridge Community Safety Partnership is warning residents to check the security of their gardens, garages and sheds.
The partnership, which is made up of such organisations as the police, borough council and county council, aims to reduce crime and fear of crime.
It said that while the overall number of burglaries has fallen over the last year, there have been a number of incidents where items have been taken from poorly secured garages and sheds.
It added that as the weather starts to improve it is likely that thieves will also turn their attention to furniture and equipment which is left out in the garden.
Community safety partnership manager Peter Kipps said: “There are some very simple steps residents can take to deter criminals from targeting their homes.
“We have a leaflet available giving advice on shed and garage security as well as tips for improving the security of your garden and advice on defensive planting in order to stop the trespassers from gaining entry to the garden in the first place.
“The leaflet, entitled “Rich Pickings”, is available at the Civic Centre in Esher and at libraries within the borough.
“I would also recommend marking property so that it is identifiable should it be stolen and recovered at a later time.
“A code unique to each house is the house number followed by the postcode or residents may prefer to use a propriety product such as selectaDNA which contains numbered microdots which can simply be painted onto items, the number is then registered in your name with the company.
“The items being stolen are tools, garden equipment and pedal cycles, which find a ready second hand market and are easily disposed of.”
(Reproduced from Elmbridge Today, 16th April)
Gardien Comment: The products required to strengthen security, including SelectaDNA, can be found at www.garden-security.co.uk
Puppy believed stolen from garden
The five-month old puppy was a Munsterlander, a breed which looks like the Springer Spaniel, and was a black and white bitch.
The puppy was last seen in the garden at 9am today and noticed to be missing at 11.15am.
The garden is secure so the puppy could not have escaped.
Dog thefts are rare in Lincolnshire but owneres are warned to beware and report anything suspicious to Lincolnshire Police. (Tel: 101).
Another attempted theft of two Spaniels was reported on Tuesday evening. The owner confronted the male as he was holding one of her dogs and he threw it back over the fence to her.
The man involved in that incident is described as being 50 plus years old, very large build about 6ft tall with a shaven or partially bald head, scruffy, wearing a grey hooded top. There was also a smaller, skinny male with him.
They were using an older silver Mercedes, possibly an E Class which is described as being old and battered.
(Reproduced from Sleaford Standard, 20th April)
Gardien Comment: A suitable intruder alarm at the garden's access points will almost certainly deter thieves, and if the additional expense can be justified then a CCTV camera should be installed. For a range of options see www.garden-security.co.uk
Metal theft from Hinckley garden is condemned
METAL items valued at more than £1,000 were taken from a yard in the back garden of a house in Hinckley.
Among the items taken from Coventry Road was a tricycle belonging to his baby son Joel and building materials but most were connected with the pump industry in which Mr Mills works; guard rails worth £96 a yard, radiators and angle irons.
Victim Jamie Mills said: “Those who took these things would say they were scrap but it’s nothing more than thieving and it’s absolutely disgusting.”
He feels that the theft serves as a warning to well-meaning people who put metal items out but do not realise they might be taken by unscrupulous individuals.
“These people think they are doing good and the items will be recycled but are taken as scrap and those who do it are getting more comfortable and will stop at nothing.
“One of my neighbours has a metal roller for their lawn and that would have gone if I hadn’t heard it being wheeled out of the garden. Also I know of a farmer who found someone wandering through one of their barns picking things up and when he asked what they were doing, they said ‘I thought it was scrap’.”
A white Ford Transit van was seen in the area at the time items were taken on Friday April 12. A man may have taken the goods while a female sat in the cab of the van which had large writing on the side.
(Reproduced from the Hinckley Times, 18th April)
Gardien Comment: It is possible to mark your items invisibly with products such as SelectaDNA
- warning signs will deter thieves but any retrived items are immediately traceable back to the owner.
Discuss shed security with Hinkley Point policing team
The Hinkley Point policing team and Neighbourhood Watch organiser will be at EDF Energy’s information centre in Angel Place, Bridgwater, on Tuesday, April 16, from 10am to 3pm. People can discuss shed security, bring property to be security marked or learn how to register property online, and volunteer to start a Neighbourhood Watch scheme.
The policing team will also be able to discuss matters such as home and garden security and screening.
(Reproduced from thisisthewestcountry.co.uk 12th April)
Gardien Comment: Another timely initiative. More advice and security solutions can be found at www.garden-security.co.uk
Thieves sought after garden ornaments theft in Shildon
GARDEN THEFTS: Thieves stole a grey stone birdbath from a garden on Waterloo Terrace, Shildon, overnight on March 30. The birdbath has a stand that looks like a tree and there are two otters, painted brown, in the centre of the bath. A cream coloured curved stone bench with two stands made by rabbits was also taken. Witnesses should contact Shildon police on 101.
(Reproduced from The Northern Echo, 7th April )
Gardien Comment: This time of year always sees an increase in garden thefts. Protect yourself using the advice and products at www.garden-security.co.uk
Keep an eye on garden tools after rural crime spate
People are being warned to be vigilant after a spate of crime in rural areas where gardening equipment has been pilfered.
Police are asking people to keep equipment in outbuildings secure and to report anything suspicious.
Bikes were stolen from a garage in Forest Road, Winkfield Road between Friday, March 22, and Tuesday, March 26.
Gardening equipment was taken from a garage in Woodside Road, Winkfield and from three outbuildings in Chawridge Lane between Monday, March 25, and Tuesday, March 26.
Mill Ride Golf Club in North Ascot had gardening equipment stolen between Monday, March 25, and Tuesday, March 26, when the greenkeeper’s shed was forced open.
Several locks were forced from outbuildings in Church Lane and Maize Lane Warfield, but nothing was taken on Monday, March 25.
Anyone with information can contact police on 101.
(Reproduced from getbracknell.co.uk 4th April)
Durham Police's seasonal crime prevention reminder with onset of British Summer Time
The movement of clocks forward at the weekend means there will be gradual longer days and lighter nights on the approach to the mid-summer months.
Durham Police say this brings extra reasons for home owners to take precautions over their property. This includes the increased chance of doors and windows being left open, making it easy for sneak-in thieves to strike, and valuable equipment being left insecure in garden sheds. Crime prevention advice includes not leaving vehicle keys on benches, window sills or key racks near doors and windows, or even beside letter boxes where they can be accessed from outside. Bicycles, toys and garden tools should be kept secure overnight, while garden owners are urged to take care to secure barbecue equipment, patio furniture sets and garden ornaments. Where possible householders are advised to indelibly mark property, whether used inside and outside the home. Residents are also advised to double check their home, garage, garden and vehicle are safe before they retire for bed. Chief Superintendent Ivan Wood said: “In addition to issuing seasonal crime prevention advice, we have a number of ongoing initiatives to continue to keep County Durhamand Darlington safe.” Among the specialist schemes are Forecourt Watch, seeking to tackle fuel thieves, and Shopwatch, to target retail crime and counterfeit currency. Chief Supt Wood said: “We will also be actively promoting the value of Neighbourhood Watch schemes and encouraging more people to get involved.
“Local communities can also get involved in promoting safer neighbourhoods by coming along to a regular local PACT (Police and Communities Together) meeting.
(Reproduced from The Northern Echo, 3rd April)
Gardien Comment: Sound advice - for more detailed advice re garden security and a host of specialist security services, see www.garden-security.co.uk
Nip garden crime in the bud
Gardeners are being reminded to lock up their sheds this spring in a bid to reduce theft from outdoor storage areas.
Longer daylight hours and warmer weather can spark a wave of thefts from sheds and gardens worth hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Aylesbury Vale District Council and Thames Valley Police are launching a garden security roadshow to help cut down on the crime and save residents the misery of discovery they have lost precious or costly items from lawnmowers to power tools.
The roadshows will offer to residents in Aylesbury Vale free property marking for garden gadgets and power tools. Residents will be able to bring up to three tools from home or purchased that day from the roadshow locations.
Community safety officers will also be giving people advice on how use their gardens to protect their homes, including defensive planting, which involves planting prickly shrubs near windows and doors, putting tools away and using suitable locks on sheds and garages. Free vehicle crime prevention kits will be available to visitors on a first come firsts served basis to help reduce vehicle crime at beauty spot locations.
The property marking sessions will take place at garden centres and hardware stores across the Vale on the following dates:
• Friday 5 April – World’s End Garden Centre, Wendover, 10am to 1pm
• Wednesday 10 April – Buckingham Garden Centre, 10am to 3pm
• Thursday 11 April – B & Q, Aylesbury, 9.30am to 1.30pm
• Friday 12 April – Wickes, Aylesbury, 9am to 1pm
• Monday 15 April – Homebase, Aylesbury, 10am to 3pm
• Saturday 27 April – Haddenham Garden Centre, 10am to 3pm
(Reproduced from Aylesbury Vale District Council info, 25th March)
Gardien Tip: An excellent initiative. Further advice and security solutions can be found at www.garden-security.co.uk)
Police appeal after Doncaster garden theft
They have released a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to about the alleged incident, which is believed to have occurred around 1pm on Friday, February 1.
A metal garden furnace was stolen from the garden of a property on Lord Porter Avenue, Stainforth.
The man is described as white, aged between 25 and 35, about 5ft 10ins tall, with short dark hair. He was wearing a grey top with a black shirt underneath, blue jeans and white trainers. It is believed he was with a small girl, aged about three years old.
Anyone with information about the alleged incident is urged to contact South Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 896 of February 2.
(Reproduced from Doncaster Free Press, 20th Feb)
Gardien Comment: Metal theft continues to be a probem so minimise the possibility of unwanted people entering your garden. Follow the advice at www.garden-security.co.uk
Anger as thieves plunder butterfly garden
A NATURE lover is furious after his bird feeders were stolen for the third time from a South Tyneside cemetery.
Every winter, Rob Adair hangs out a number of feeders in Westoe Cemetery’s ‘butterfly garden’ in South Shields.
However, over the last four months 11 containers have been taken – with four being stolen last weekend alone.
Rob, a Coastal Conservation Group member from Salisbury Street, South Shields, said: “It’s very annoying. Someone has purposely gone and removed them.
“They’ve had to actually cut the cable ties which were securing them.
“This is the third time this has happened. On the first weekend we put them up in October, five were taken. In December, another two went, and now four have been removed at some point over the weekend.
“Over the winter feeding period, I spend £120 of my own money on the equipment and food. The feeders might only cost a few pounds, but that’s not the point.”
Mr Adair, who runs Rob Adair Pet Care, uses a number of different types of feeders which store nuts and fatballs for birds.
Since he started his winter feeding regime three years ago, 37 different species of birds have been recorded at the site off Erskine Road.
He said: “Lots of people tell me that they love seeing the birds feeding there, I think it’s very educational.
“South Tyneside is very popular with birds, there’s always plenty to spot.”
Mr Adair believes his feeders keep getting stolen because the area, which was formerly the cemetery’s lodge house until it was demolished, had its grass pruned right back last year.
He added: “The grass was left to grow naturally, but I know some people complained and it was then cut right back.
“This makes it easier to spot the feeders. I think that’s why so many are being removed.”
(Reproduced from Jarrow and Hebburn Gazette, 7th Feb)
Gardien Comment: Not expensive items but a huge nuisance - unfortunately you have to reckon that anything unattended could be subject to theft so you need to think "security" at all times. Feeders should be sited as high as possible by using a pole with a hook to hang them well out of reach on thin branches.
Police offer security advice after spate of garden thefts
Police in the Dronfield area are encouraging residents to keep gardens secure after a number of thefts during the past few weeks.
A total of 10 plant pots and plants have also been reported stolen since the start of January, from gardens on Hawkshead Avenue and Carr Lane, Dronfield Woodhouse and Gainsborough Road, Dronfield.
Local officers are appealing for information and reminding residents to make sure their gardens are secure, especially as the spring approaches.
PCSO Richard Lee of the Dronfield Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “We would ask residents to keep an eye out on their gardens and to avoid leaving valuable items in a place where they could be stolen by an opportunist thief.
“You can help to reduce the potential of having belongings stolen by keeping items in a back garden, which has secure access or if possible. We also encourage residents to be good neighbours and to report any suspicious vehicles or people in their street.”
General garden security advice includes:
When planting, put heavy stone in the bottom of pots or planters to make them more difficult to be moved.
If possible, anchor valuable garden ornaments or furniture to the ground and keep a photographic record to help officers to trace items back to their owner.
Security mark items in your shed and any valuable items that might be in your garden.
Make sure your shed is secure, that there are no panels which could be easily damaged and fit good quality locks and an alarm.
Consider securing items such as ladders, bikes or large power tools in your shed by chaining them to a strong anchor point.
Put all your tools and any children’s bikes or outdoor toys securely away once they are finished with.
Planting bushes with prickly leaves or thorns close to any entry points could deter a potential thief. A gravel pathway or driveway can also act as a good deterrent.
Consider installing outdoor motion-sensor security lights.
If you are away on holiday, ask your neighbours or a friend to keep an eye on your home and garden.
(Reproduced from The Postcode Gazette, 4th Feb)
(Gardien Comment: Further garden security advice and a range of high quality security products can be found at www.garden-security.co.uk )
GAYWOOD: Double bike theft from back garden
Two bikes were stolen from a back garden in Gaywood earlier this week.
They were taken from a property on Regency Avenue some times between 6.30pm on Tuesday, January 29, and 7.30am the following morning.
One bike is a Raleigh AT40 with a black frame and white rims on the wheels.
The other is a Viking Sprint road racing bike with a red frame and curved racing handle bars. This bike had flat tyres when it was taken so someone may have noticed it being ridden or pushed in an odd way.
Anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the area is asked to contact PC Pete Burt at Lynn police station on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111(Reproduced from Lynn News, 1st February)Gardien Comment: See the article on Bike Security at http://www.garden-security.co.uk/bike-security-print.htm
Crucifix stolen from garden in Cromer
The cast iron crucifix was originally an art nouveau French head stone from around 1900. It was taken from a property on Norman Troller Court, the site of the old Cromer Junior School, sometime between 2.30pm on Saturday, January 26 and 8am the following day.
It was painted silver when it was taken but was originally cast iron brown.
Anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area, or who may know where the crucifix now is, should contact PC Simon Nash at Cromer police station on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111(Reproduced from Eastern Daily Press, 31st January)Gardien Comment: See the advice at http://www.garden-security.co.uk/garden-antiques-security.aspx _of_the_skype_highlightingE
Thieves steal scrap from Great Yarmouth garden
POLICE are appealing for information after scrap metal was stolen from the back garden of a home in Great Yarmouth.
The metal was stolen from the property in Lichfield Road between 4pm and 5pm Sunday 6th January.
Anyone with information about who took the metal or where it is now, or who witnessed the theft, is asked to call PC Peter Richeda at Gorleston police station on 101.
Artwork stolen from garden
Fiona Maher, an arts and creativity team manager at Midlothian Council, made the sculpture three years ago when her partner Mike was hospitalised following a stroke.
The impression of her hands on his head was a reflection of what her family was going through at the time.
She explained: “During what was a hugely traumatic experience I decided to channel my emotions at night school. It was very much a case of expressing what was going on at the time.”
It took around eight weeks to finish the sculpture, which according to Fiona holds a lot of personal, sentimental and emotional value.
She believes it was stolen last month, and is perplexed as to why none of her other works of art were taken.
The mum of three added: “I was gutted. There were six other pieces in the garden but for some reason that sculpture was the only one stolen. It’s not likely to be very valuable; I don’t rate it as a very good piece myself but it might be sellable.”
Fiona and Mike, who have been together for more than 30 years, were married on Hogmanay last year. They have three children, aged 16, 22 and 24.
Mike spent one month in hospital and is still recovering from the massive stroke.
“When he was shown the sculpture for the first time he was so emotional that he couldn’t look at it,” added Fiona.
A police spokesman said: “We are investigating following the theft of a sculpture from a garden in Midlothian.
“The incident happened sometime between October 14-28 at an address in Gorton Road, Rosewell.
“The limestone artwork of a man’s head and hands is of no significant monetary value. However, it has great sentimental importance to the victim who is keen to have it returned.
“Anyone who can assist with our enquiries into this theft is asked to contact police immediately.”
(Reproduced from the Midlothian Advertiser, 16th November)
Police theft appeals
WINSFORD police are appealing for information on the following crimes.
Planters were stolen overnight between November 5-6 from a garden in Delaisy Way, Winsford. A wooden train containing a plant, and three ornamental wooden toadstools were taken.
A Merida SUB 40 mountain bike was stolen from the porch area of a house in Mount Pleasant Road, Davenham overnight between November 6-7.
Reported on November 2, golf clubs were stolen from a garden shed in Tatton Close, Winsford. Police advised the theft may have occurred anytime during the preceeding 11 days.
Anyone with information should call Cheshire Police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
(Reproduced from Winsford Guardian, 13th November)