Have you seen Leonard the lion? Statue stolen from Bath shop
Police are on the hunt after a life-sized lion statue was stolen from outside a shop in the city.
Leonard the lion, who is worth £2,5000, went missing overnight last night, from a flat roof on the first floor of Martin Tracy's Framing Workshop in Walcot Street.
Mr Tracy bought Leonard in the Lions of Bath charity event in 2010 when a hundred lion sculptures were placed around the city. He was decorated in circus-theme jumping through a frame, and this summer celebrated the London Olympics by being adapted to jump through Olympic rings.
Mr Tracy said: "He's a very popular and well-known attraction in Walcot Street and it's a real shame that he's been stolen. It must have taken at least four people to do it – two on the roof to unbolt him and more on ground level to lower him down. They must have had a vehicle to take him away because he's very large and heavy."
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Leonard also helped the Framing Workshop win a gold medal in this year's Bath in Bloom competition – and was wearing the award around his neck when he was stolen.
Mr Tracy added: "We have no idea who has taken him or why, but obviously we'd like him back in one piece."
Bath police are investigating the theft and would like to hear from anyone who may have seen people and a vehicle near the shop in Walcot Street during the night or early morning.
Anyone with information is asked to call Bath police on 101.