Police are warning homeowners with bronze statues or sculptures outside their properties to be on their guard after a theft near Farnham.

On Thursday, February 29, three bronze-plated stag statues were stolen from an address in Wrecclesham sometime between 1am and 4am.

Investigating officer, PC Brandon Miller said: “Due to their size and weight it would take two to four people to be able to move them and load them onto a vehicle – either a van or a flatbed with a covering over it. 

“We are carrying out enquiries but if you were in or around Wrecclesham at this time, or have any CCTV, doorbell, or dashcam footage that could relate then please contact us.”

The theft follows similar offences across other parts of the county and the wider UK where bronze statues have been targeted.

As part of Op Siberian, which aims to tackle rural crime in Surrey, officers on patrol along the A281 successfully recovered a stag statue just this month. The item was found to have been stolen from a garden in Sussex and the owner was delighted to be reunited with it.

In a message to officers, the victim said: “It’s hard to explain the feeling of despair when people invade your property and the damage they cause with intent to steal. We feel for anyone who had gone through this but never give up hope!  We have beefed up our security and done all we can to prevent this from happening again.”

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting PR/45240023598.