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December 22 2011

Metal thieves take aluminium rhino from Scarborough

Police are appealing for the return of the sculpture which was taken from the town's sixth-form college

A life-size aluminium rhinoceros sculpture has been stolen from a college in North Yorkshire.

Police are searching scrap metal yards in the hope of finding the figure. The sculpture, made up of aluminium plates, was taken at some point in recent days.

It was designed and made by a former Scarborough Sixth Form College student.

Staff were hoping to make feature of the sculpture which has become a well-known talking point at the college since it was built. It was stolen after it had been left outside during construction work.

Officers have been making inquiries in the area in an effort to locate the sculpture and are appealing to the public to help the investigation.

Police said it would have taken at least two people to lift the structure and a vehicle to remove it. They are appealing for information.

PC Michelle Neighbour, of North Yorkshire Police, said: "The rhino is not something you could just walk off with by yourself, it would have taken at least two or three people to lift and they would have needed a vehicle to transport it away from the college.

"I am appealing to anyone who saw any suspicious activity around the college in the past week to contact the police or the free Crimestoppers line with information.

"I would also appeal to any scrap dealers or anyone who regularly use scrap yards to get in touch if they remember seeing the rhino being weighed in," she added,

It is not the first time that a piece of sculpture has been stolen by metal thieves this week. A heavy bronze by Barbara Hepworth that has been on show in Dulwich park for more than 40 years vanished after metal thieves struck.

Staff at the park were confronted by an empty plinth on Tuesday morning after the thieves apparently broke padlocks at a gate leading onto the South Circular road.

Last week, I accompanied British Transport Police officers on scrapyard raids in Lancashire. Nothing amiss was found during their search of various scrap metal yards.

The problem is exacerbated by the rising cost of metal - the price of copper, for example, has doubled since 2009 to more than £5,000 a tonne. According to an industry estimate, copper theft costs the UK economy £770m a year.

The government is setting up a taskforce, led by the British Transport Police, to tackle metal theft. © 2011 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

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