THE fountain that formerly stood in the centre of Mell Square has been stolen from a Solihull Council depot.
The historic water feature, which originally stood in the grounds of Tudor Grange House, was in storage awaiting a move to Solihull College.
Removed from Mell Square in 2007, due to health and safety worries prompted by repeated leaks, the fountain was taken to the Moat Lane Depot off Lode Lane. There it remained until late February when it became unaccounted for.
Security at the site, is managed by an external security company and this incident has recently prompted the council to switch security companies.
How the sizeable fountain was stolen from the depot, which has round the clock security in addition to CCTV cameras, without anyone noticing remains an unanswered question.
Coun Kate Wild, cabinet member for community services, said: “I am deeply disappointed that thieves have chosen to steal this fountain and if anybody has any information about its whereabouts we would be keen to know.”
“Although the depot has CCTV, the theft was not captured on camera, and the police are investigating the incident. Security at the depot has since been reviewed.”