A ‘serious attempt’ has been made to steal the first sculpture installed for the upcoming wolf trail in Bury St Edmunds.
Mark Cordell, chief executive of trail organisers Ourburystedmunds, says there was an attempt overnight to take Willow the Wolf from a planter on Angel Hill.
He said the sculpture is fixed with wire to a couple of heavy weights buried below the earth which were visible this morning with the wolf at a different angle and some surrounding soil and plants had been moved.
Mr Cordell said it did not appear to be an accident and has reported the incident to the police.
The wolf, created by artist Liz Cooke using willow reeds, was the first of 26 sculptures to be be set up in public spaces and buildings across the town for the trail which runs from July 20 to St Edmunds Day on November 20.
Mr Cordell said: “I was so disappointed to wake up this morning to find out that someone had tried to steal Willow The Wolf from Angel Hill.
“I am though delighted that the provisions put in place by St Edmundsbury Borough Council staff prevented the theft. Willow has a few minor injuries to show but clearly he was determined not to leave his new home.
“I have reported the matter to the police and I’m hopeful that some CCTV will show who was behind this attempted theft.
“When I reported the matter all I could say was that it occurred overnight but hopefully the CCTV footage can narrow down the window when the attempted theft took place.
“This week the remaining wolves will pop up around the town and I would ask people to keep an eye on all of our wolves and if they see any suspicious behaviour to report it to the police.
“I will be asking for the CCTV operators to do the same.”
The wolves have been made from a variety of materials by local artists and 20 of the creations will be lifesize interpretations of the legendary beast that guarded St Edmund’s head after he was slain.