Councillors and school staff have appealed for the return of a Year 13 pupil’s coursework that was stolen from a roundabout.
Thieves took the large wood and metal sculpture, pictured above, from the roundabout in Raymond Mays Way and West Road, Bourne, over the weekend.
The sculpture was one of four placed on the roundabout by Bourne Academy pupils for the town’s In Bloom campaign.It was made by Year 13 pupil Hollie James as part of her BTec art and design coursework for a project called Public and Private.
The Bourne in Bloom committee, Bourne Town Council and the school were united in their condemnation of the theft.
Town clerk Nelly Jacobs said: “Bourne Town Council and the Bourne in Bloom committee are always striving to improve the environment but unnecessary acts like this, sitting on a planter or pulling plants out have a demoralising effect which is not in the interest of the community.”
Mrs Jacobs issued a direct appeal to the thieves. She said: “If the person or persons responsible for the removal of this sculpture are reading this article would you please return the sculpture to its original location or direct to the Bourne Academy.”
Hollie and her fellow pupils were led through their work by teachers Lucie Lawson and Philip Worth. In keeping with the theme of Public and Private, Hollie took inspiration from keys and keyholes for her sculpture. She received a distinction for her work.
Mrs Lawson said: “I’m truly devastated that someone could take student’s artwork but must look upon it as an endorsement of the very high quality and standard of our students’ work that somebody would want to take it.
“We will all rally together to assist Hollie in producing a replica, so that this superb piece of artwork can be displayed to further enhance the grounds surrounding our school for the future enjoyment of the public, staff and students.”
If you know anything about the theft call police on 101.
In Bloom judges Sharon Sutton and Peter Fields visited Bourne at the start of July.
They saw a presentation about foods grown in different countries by pupils from Bourne Abbey Primary Academy. They were shown around the Wellhead Park, Memorial Gardens and town centre, including the revamped shrub bed on South Street.
The judges also saw the allotments, the Willoughby School and paddock, the cemetery, Elsea Park residential and conservation areas, and the community orchard. The results will be announced in September.