A sixthformer’s coursework project that was stolen from a roundabout has been found in a ditch nearby.
Staff and pupils at Bourne Academy and the Bourne Town Council officers were shocked when they learned Year 13 pupil Hollie James’ distinctive sculpture had been taken from the roundabout between Raymond Mays Way and West Road.
They issued an appeal for the thief to return the sculpture, which Hollie made for her BTec art and design coursework.
And much to the delight of all involved, the artwork was spotted by a cyclist in a ditch near the roundabout on Friday.
Town clerk Nelly Jacobs returned the statue to its rightful place alongside three others from the school, which were placed on the roundabout as part of the town’s In Bloom display.
Deputy town clerk Ian Sismey said it was unclear whether the statue had been stolen for a prank or for other reasons.
He added: “We were disappointed when it went missing. We took a lot of time decided what we were going to do with the roundabout.
“We wanted to bring some art into the equation and went to the school because we knew they would have something.
“To think that someone would do something untoward to them was something that didn’t come into our minds. Everyone was very upset when that occurred.
“For us it was a big thing to try to brighten up the town, which is what we want to do. But obviously you think twice when something like this happens.”
Mr Sismey said he was delighted to see the statue returned. He added: “We had a lot of comments from all and sundry. People have been phoning in or stopping us in the street.
“It’s something we will consider doing again.”
Mr Sismey thanked Bourne Academy for loaning the sculptures to the town’s In Bloom effort.