Surrey

Caterham hotel gargoyle stolen from Bletchingley garden

Terracotta gargoyle
Image caption The gargoyle was kept in Bletchingley after demolition of the hotel

A terracotta gargoyle which sat on the roof of the Station Hotel in Caterham for over 100 years has been stolen.

The 2ft (60cm) high gargoyle, dating back to the 1800s, was removed from the hotel in 1988 when it was demolished to make way for a new shopping centre.

Its new owners discovered it missing from their garden in Coneybury in Bletchingley, Surrey, on Saturday.

"The stolen gargoyle is of great sentimental value to the owners," said Sgt Penny Goodale.

"If any member of the public knows of his whereabouts I would ask them to contact Surrey Police."