Have you seen this owl? Primary school ‘devastated’ as sculpture sawn from playground tree and stolen

A primary school has been left 'devastated' after someone stole an owl sculpture from their playground.

Someone entered the grounds of Holton St Peter Primary School, near Halesworth, and sawed their wooden sculpture from a tree stump, before taking it.

Headteacher Jean Righton said the teachers and children had been left shocked that someone would take their beloved statue from them.

'We are devastated,' she said. 'It was something of beauty that we had there for the children and we can't understand why someone has taken it.'

Mrs Righton added: 'The children have been amazing though. They've been out there as detectives with their notebooks looking to find clues of footprints and bits of wood.'

The school caretaker noticed the statue, which is more than a metre high, had been taken when he arrived shortly after 6.30am today.

Mrs Righton said all of the children had noticed it was gone.

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'It was appreciated by the village, not just the school as when you walk down the Bungay Road and Beccles Road and you could see him,' she said.

The statue was carved by a local artist after the PTA paid for it.

Mrs Righton said: 'We had some new buildings added to the school which were completed in July 2011 and next to the new buildings we have a tree stump.

'One of the governors had a moment of inspiration and suggested we turn it into a beautiful artistic sculpture.'

The tree stump was the remains of a Chestnut tree that had to be felled five years ago.

At the beginning of the September it was decided that the statue should be an owl perching on the stump, as the classes are all named after birds, their library is called the Owl Library and the builders, Barnes Construction, have an owl for their logo.

Suffolk Police are asking for anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in the area between 4pm on Wednesdayand 7am Thursday or anyone with information about the owl to contact PC 265 Beckwith at Halesworth on 101.

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