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Owl sculpture is stolen from Merseyside park

Owl sculpture in Halewood Park
Image caption The owl was stolen sometime on 21 or 22 August

A wooden sculpture of an owl has been stolen from a park on Merseyside.

The 5ft (1.5m) public artwork which was carved from a tree trunk was stolen from its home in Halewood Park, Knowlsey, on the weekend of 21 August.

Created by chainsaw artist Tim Burgess in 2009, this year it was joined by carvings of several other animals.

Knowsley Council said thieves cut through the owl's wooden base leaving just a stump. They are now appealing for its safe return.

Councillor Eddie Connor, Knowsley's Cabinet Member for Leisure, Community and Culture said: "Unfortunately, and to the total disbelief and disgust of many locals, the owl sculpture was stolen sometime over the weekend of 21 and 22 August.

"The thieves have sawn through the wooden base to steal the owl.

"Now all that remains is a stump where there once stood a magnificent piece of public art.

"Since its creation in March 2009, the owl has established itself as a much-loved, admired and treasured feature within the park.

"We would ask anyone who has seen the owl, or knows of its whereabouts, to contact Crimestoppers or contact our Halewood Park Ranger."

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