£42k sculpture stolen from Kent garden

Desmond Fountain sculpture Image copyright Kent Police
Image caption The sculpture features the artist's signature on the base of the bucket

A valuable sculpture has been stolen from the garden of a house in Kent.

The 1.5m (5ft) tall bronze artwork, by Desmond Fountain, is of a girl pouring water over her head with a bucket.

It was taken from grounds in Preston, near Sandwich, between 00:00 BST on 13 April and 14:30pm on 15 April, Kent Police have revealed.

The sculpture, which is thought to be worth about £42,000, features the artist's signature on the base of the bucket.

In 2008, Mr Fountain and his wife sat on a man they caught stealing from a gallery in Mayfair, central London.

His wife Luli confronted the suspect on the first day of Mr Fountain's exhibition at the Gallery in Cork Street.

When the man refused to put the £5,000 bronze down, she tripped him and the couple both sat on the man until police arrived.

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