Police Recover Statute


Sometime between October 2009 and February 2010 a statue of a girl was stolen from the Churchyard of St George’s Church, Brede.

The statue is believed to be Victorian, and was taken from beside the headstone of a grave. Fortunately, the Churchwarden, Roberta Boud, was able to supply photographs of the statue and these were circulated via the internet by the Churchwarden and PC Collins of Rye Neighbourhood Policing Team. Early in March, PC Collins received a telephone call from an antiques dealer in West Sussex, who had seen the pictures on a stolen property website. As a result of this, the statue was recovered and returned to it’s rightful place in the Churchyard. A small ceremony was held on the afternoon of the 25th of March to welcome back the statue, which arrived in a police van. A small amount of damage was caused to the extremeties of the statue while being stolen but the Reverend Martin Harper of the Parish is optimistic that it can be repaired.

First printed in Rye’s Own