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No arrests made over Prancing Horse metal thefts

ATTEMPTS to track down the thieves who caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to a borough landmark have proven unsuccessful so far.

ATTEMPTS to track down the thieves who caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to a borough landmark have proven unsuccessful so far.

Police officers launched an investigation after the hoof and tail were hewn from the bronze ‘Prancing Horse’ statue on February 16 this year.

Since then, officers have visited neighbouring homes, called at scrap yards and spooled through CCTV but so far their inquiries have drawn a blank.

A report, which was due to go to Coun Diana Holl-Allen, cabinet member for safer communities, on Wednesday, confirmed no witnesses had come forward.

Following the theft, Solihull Council has been urged by some residents to remove the statue from Malvern Park - where it has stood for 59 years. They argue that relocating it to a more visible spot in the town centre would make it harder for vandals to again strike unseen.

One borough resident, who did not wish to be named, said: “If something isn’t done, then they’ll do all the repairs and it’ll happen all over again.”

The local authority said it will explore the option but argued that moving the monument will sever its long-running link to the park.

n For more on the horse’s old home - at Tudor Grange - turn to Archives on page 38.

 

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