Cherub stolen from fountain
16 Aug 2016 12:00 PM[View Full Size]
Police are appealing for witnesses after a statue was stolen from a fountain in Northumberland.
The incident happened at the old hospital building site Ferndene, Stony Bank, Prudhoe overnight between 00.20hours and 5am on Monday, August 15.
Intruders came onto the site, which is being developed, and smashed a stone fountain and stole the cherub from the top of the fountain, before making off unseen.
Police are appealing for witnesses, anyone who was in the area and who may have seen or heard anything suspicious is asked to contact police. Officers also want to hear from anyone who may be offered the cherub for sale.
Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting reference number 152 of 15/08/16 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
The site is owned and is being developed by Gentoo. Brendon Ferguson Head of Development for Gentoo Homes said: "This kind of mindless vandalism to such a historic part of the site is particularly saddening. The fountain has stood undamaged for over 100 years and was planned to be renovated and restored to it’s original position within the grounds of Prudhoe Hall as part of the conservation plan.
"We hope that someone comes forward as soon as possible as we’d like to have the fountain restored to its former glory where it belongs."
The fountain was commissioned by Colonel Swan (MD of Swan Hunters) who bought the hall in 1904.
Before and after pictures of the fountain.