THE LAST of four sculptures which were part of a public art project has been stolen.

Nick Jordan, 36, of Lloyd Road, was cycling in Coppermill Lane, Walthamstow, on Sunday (April 17) when he noticed the bronze artwork missing from the plinth, which had also been ripped out from the ground.

The sculpture had sat outside the Waterworks Factory for a decade.

It was part of a Millenium project, 'Art in The Park', and is believed to have been produced by children from Coppermill Primary school in Edward Road.

Mr Jordan said: “It was really sad for me to see something that was nice and for the community destroyed in that way."

A spokeswoman for Waltham Forest Police confirmed the sculpture was stolen sometime between 7pm on Friday (April 15) and 4pm on Sunday (April 17).

She explained there had been an increase in metal thefts in the borough because of a rise in price of scrap.

She added: “It is an unfortunate sign of the times. When times are hard some people will see it is an opportunity to steal.

“All we ask is for people to be vigilant and to report anything suspicious.”

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