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Burglars steal £500k wishing well statue from ex-chapel

Stolen bronze statue Image copyright Avon and Somerset Police
Image caption The wishing well is worth about £500,000

More than half a million pounds worth of bronze artwork has been stolen from a former chapel.

A wishing well statue worth £500,000 was taken from the South Gloucestershire property between 7 and 9 May.

Two others of a horse and a rider, valued at about £25,000 each, were also taken.

Avon and Somerset Police said the break-in at Bath Road, Cold Ashton, was "targeted" and "well-planned".

PC Simon McFall added: "It would have taken a number of people to carry out this crime as the statues weigh a significant amount and would have required several people to lift them.

"They are also of a considerable size and it is more than likely that a van or other large vehicle was used to transport them."

Anyone with information is urged to contact the force.

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