A BRONZE statue worth almost £20,000 was stolen at the prestigious Badminton Horse Trials on the weekend.

The statue of a hare which is on a hamstone base and is just under a metre and half in height and is valued at £19,000 was stolen from a trade stand at Badminton Horse Trials overnight.

Police are now appealing for information of its whereabouts.

PC Matt Leigh said: “Being bronze, the statue weighs a considerable amount and so it’s likely more than one person was involved in removing it from the trade stand it was on display at.

“We’re keen to hear from anyone who may have seen it being removed or transported and are also asking those at Badminton today to keep an eye out for it.

“If you have information which could help us recover the statue and find those responsible for the theft, please call 101 and provide the call handler with the reference 5222108421.”