Northern Ireland

Buddhas stolen from Ulster Folk and Transport Museum

Two Buddha statues
Image caption One of the statues was wooden and the other gilded metal

Thieves have stolen two Buddha statues from the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum in Holywood, County Down.

Three men driving a black Audi car smashed a glass cabinet with a baseball bat and grabbed the figurines.

The robbery happened at about 11:50 GMT on Tuesday.

No one was injured in the incident and the men drove off in the direction of Belfast.

One of the men involved is described as wearing blue jeans, black hat, dark navy jacket and black trainers.

The second man was wearing a dark jacket, cream tracksuit bottoms with a blue stripe down the leg, light coloured trainers and a black hat.

The third suspect is described as wearing a dark navy jacket, white line across the chest, black bottoms, grey trainers and a green beanie style hat with a green and blue stripe.

According to a spokesperson from National Museums Northern Ireland, one of the statues was wooden and the other gilded metal and both are believed to date from the mid to late 19th century.

The PSNI have asked for anyone with information about the theft to contact them.