Theft of bronze Jesus statue shocks Wingfield villagers

Theft of bronze Jesus statue shocks Wingfield villagers

PC Richard Gardner and PCSO Andrew Maclachlan at the Wingfield war memorial

Parish councillor Michael Copland Griffiths and his mother Mary Copland-Griffiths, 93, with councillors, residents and police at the Wingfield war memorial from which a bronze sculpture of Jesus was stolen

The bronze statue of Jesus which has been stolen from a war memorial in Wingfield

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Villagers in Wingfield are shocked by the theft of a 93-year-old bronze statue of Christ from a First World War memorial.

The statue, worth about £10,000, was commissioned by the great-grandfather of Wingfield parish council chairman Michael Copland-Griffiths, and designed by his great-aunt.

He said: “There is a lot of amazement and horror. It’s a feature of the village that will be sadly missed.

“It was reported missing by a councillor at 10am. The three bolts holding it on had been removed, so rather than tear it off it has been carefully unwound. To me that doesn’t sound quite so desperate, and like they knew what they were doing.”

The sculpture was removed from the wooden memorial at the village crossroads, where the A366 crosses the B3109, between Friday night and Saturday morning.

The memorial was donated to the people of the village 20 years ago, and was due to be restored this year as part of the centenary commemorations of the start of the war.

Mr Copland-Griffiths said: ”It’s quite a spread-out village, so it’s one thing that unites us together.

"It’s a tragedy that in this centenary year something so important to the nation has been lost to the village.”

PC Richard Gardner, of Wiltshire Police’s Crime Management Unit in Melksham, said: “This isn’t simply the theft of valuable metal, this is the theft of something symbolic to a community.

“It remembers those who have paid the ultimate price to protect our way of life which is particularly poignant in this the 100th year of the commencement of hostilities.”

Anyone with information can contact PC Gardner on 101.

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10:16pm Tue 4 Mar 14

kimcrawley says...

For once this robbery could not have been Scott and the Wiltshire Council cabinet. The thieves knew what they were doing!
For once this robbery could not have been Scott and the Wiltshire Council cabinet. The thieves knew what they were doing! kimcrawley
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9:29am Wed 5 Mar 14

Mrs Donnyfly says...

kimcrawley wrote:
For once this robbery could not have been Scott and the Wiltshire Council cabinet. The thieves knew what they were doing!
Give it a rest....
[quote][p][bold]kimcrawley[/bold] wrote: For once this robbery could not have been Scott and the Wiltshire Council cabinet. The thieves knew what they were doing![/p][/quote]Give it a rest.... Mrs Donnyfly
  • Score: -11

9:58pm Wed 5 Mar 14

brandx says...

This is absolutely shocking - especially as the memorial was concerned with the First World War. Anyone wyho knows anything about this terrible act should report it to the Police.

It really is poor reflection on today's society.
This is absolutely shocking - especially as the memorial was concerned with the First World War. Anyone wyho knows anything about this terrible act should report it to the Police. It really is poor reflection on today's society. brandx
  • Score: 4

10:27am Thu 6 Mar 14

Mrs Donnyfly says...

brandx said.... "It really is poor reflection on today's society."

I disagree. It is more a reflection on a minority of individuals who would steal anything for money, or for whatever reason, who have blighted society through the ages. They are not exclusive to today.

The fact that so many have been outraged by this, and that the crime has not been met with indifference, speaks more of society as a whole.
brandx said.... "It really is poor reflection on today's society." I disagree. It is more a reflection on a minority of individuals who would steal anything for money, or for whatever reason, who have blighted society through the ages. They are not exclusive to today. The fact that so many have been outraged by this, and that the crime has not been met with indifference, speaks more of society as a whole. Mrs Donnyfly
  • Score: 5

4:21pm Thu 6 Mar 14

beetawix says...

The disappearance of the bronze Jesus is uniting villagers quite effectively. I'm not sure how it did before ?
The disappearance of the bronze Jesus is uniting villagers quite effectively. I'm not sure how it did before ? beetawix
  • Score: 2

12:29pm Mon 10 Mar 14

frankie007 says...

Surely we should all be rejoicing in the fact that someone has found Jesus.
Surely we should all be rejoicing in the fact that someone has found Jesus. frankie007
  • Score: 3

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