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Reward offered in hunt for thieves who took artwork from Lichfield village

The Shining Stone artwork

The Shining Stone artwork

Regulars at a Shenstone pub are so furious about the theft of their village landmark that the landlord is putting up a reward for information leading to its recovery.

Thieves stole stainless steel sculpture the Shining Stone from its home in the brook on the village’s Lammas Land over a week ago. It was created in 2002 by award-winning artist Jo Naden with help from pupils at the local Greysbrook School, it has become very popular with locals.

Thieves, using a special power saw to cut it from its moorings, removed the sculpture, presumably to sell as scrap metal.

Now Ken Gardner, landlord at the Fox and Hounds in Shenstone High Street, is putting up £200 to try and help get the Stone back and has called on other local businessmen to help increase the reward.

He explained:

“If a few more local people offer more cash it might just be the incentive needed to get someone to shop these thieves, or at least let police know where the Stone is.

“A lot of people thought it was a funny looking thing when it was first put in the brook but in the last eight years they have got really attached to it.  For someone to steal it and then just have it melted down as scrap is terrible and I am keen to do all I can to get it back.”

Another local businessman has already boosted the fund to £300 with a pledge of £100 to add to Ken’s £200.

Colin Clark, who runs Shining Stone PR from the village moved into Shenstone eight years about and set up his PR agency  in 2008. He said:

“I actually named the business Shining Stone PR so the least I can do is try and help get the sculpture back where it belongs.”

Anyone with information about the Shining Stone should contact neibourhood police officer Steve Stackhouse on 0300 2345 04862 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Anyone wanting to pledge money towards a reward can contact Ken at the Fox and Hounds on 01543 480257.

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