Two arrested after statue theft

Brunel statue The statue cost £30,000 and was erected in July 1999

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Two men have been arrested following the theft of an 8ft (2.4m) statue of engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel from a quayside in Pembrokeshire.

Police believe the bronze statue, which cost £30,000 when erected in July 1999, was taken from Neyland overnight on Sunday.

The arrested men, aged 30 and 20 and both from Pembroke, have been released on bail and investigations are continuing, Dyfed-Powys Police said.

The statue has not yet been found.

Officers say lifting equipment must have been used to remove it intact from its plinth at Brunel Quay.

The statue by the late sculptor Robert Thomas, who also created the Aneurin Bevan statue in Cardiff city centre, was unveiled by the Prince of Wales, and was the work of the late Robert Thomas.

Metal thefts have become increasingly common this year as the price of most metals has risen.

The theft comes three weeks after an 1899 statue of a boy, Joyance, by Victorian sculptor Sir William Goscombe John was cut from the water fountain in Thompson's Park, Canton, Cardiff.

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