Bronze hippo sculpture stolen from luxury show garden in Kent

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An “extraordinarily heavy” bronze hippopotamus has been stolen from a luxurious backyard decoration enterprise in Kent, police stated.

The 2-metre lengthy sculpture was taken from Chilstone, close to Tunbridge Wells, between Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

Kent Police consider that the three-quarter tonne hippopotamus might have been lifted onto the again of a truck by “mechanical means”.


They appealed for witnesses who might have noticed the “vastly distinctive” sculpture, which requires the energy of 5 individuals to raise.

PC Nick Lingham stated that the thieves would have wanted a big car and probably a winch to steal the sculpture from the enterprise’ present gardens.

He added: “It’s clear these accountable would have wanted a big car similar to a flatbed truck and will have additionally wanted to raise it by mechanical means.

“It’s a vastly distinctive object and it’s unlikely the offenders will discover it that simple to promote on as scrap or to a collector.

“Due to its sheer measurement we hope individuals might have seen it being transported.”


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No different gadgets had been reported stolen in the course of the raid on Chilstone present gardens, police stated.

On its web site, Chilstone is described as a maker of “bespoke” backyard ornaments and lists Kensington Palace, Kew Gardens and the Nationwide Belief as clients. 

Further reporting by PA

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