Anger over the theft of precious sculptures from Grimsby Park
Guardians of a park in Grimsby are furious over the theft of wooden sculptures enjoyed by thousands of visitors.
The sculptures were installed in July 2019 thanks to the famous artist founder and owner of Xtreme Chainsaw, Simon Bogg. They were stolen on Saturday night.
Visitors and friends of Weelsby Woods have discovered the damage caused when the carvings were transported using cutting tools. North East Lincolnshire Council staff were at the park on Sunday securing the stumps.
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But the Friends secretary, said how shocked she was to discover the stolen animals. She said the Vivien the Fox sculpture held special memories for a family whose grandmother Vivian Hall died last year.
“It’s like a kick in the stomach for all who have worked so hard to make the woods attractive and inviting. We contacted the police and North East Lincolnshire Council moved quickly to secure the base of the carvings. There were stems sticking up,” she said.
“Hopefully the CCTV cameras will give some clues to the police. If anyone has any information or has seen any of the sculptures or has offered them for sale, we hope they will message us on Facebook or a message to the Grimsby Telegraph. It took us 18 months to raise this money for them and we don’t have that kind of money left to get them replaced.”
Ward Councilor Mark Smith said: “I am absolutely appalled at the theft and destruction of our beloved animal sculptures and would like to appeal to anyone who has any information about who stole them. ‘arrange a reward for any information coming forward.’
Friends of the Woods began fundraising for the sculptures in 2017 with a goal of £2,000. Regulars at The Grosvenor pub on Grimsby Road Humberston helped organize the call to replace the old animal sculptures in the park’s play area.
The Sizzling and Carling Community Action Campaign, a Carling Made Local initiative, also donated £2,000. This enabled the Friends to purchase wooden benches for families to picnic in the park as well as thousands of wildflower seeds.
At their 2019 installation, Grosvenor graduate Denise Roberts said: “It’s amazing. When we started fundraising it was just about getting a new bunny sculpture. Now there’s has five and they all have character.”
The three stolen sculptures were previously positioned near Hattie the Hedgehog and Grims-bee. Anyone with information has been asked to contact Humberside Police on 101, quoting log number 16/38789/22.