Stunning £45,000 bronze peacock statue made by world renowned artist is stolen as owners fear if will be melted down for scrap

Owners of a stunning bronze peacock statue worth £45,000 and crafted by a world renowned artist are worried it will be melted down for scrap after it was stolen.  

Thieves took the 6ft statue, made by highly regarded sculptor, Geoffrey Dashwood, from the back garden of a couple's cottage without leaving a trace.

The 25st masterpiece, one of 12, took months to create before Mr Dashwood gave it to lifelong friends to display at their country home in Fordingbridge, Hampshire, eight years ago.

Mr Dashwood said the thieves would most likely have had to use an angle grinder to cut the artwork into pieces before selling it for just a few hundred pounds.

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