A SMASH and grab thief has stolen a statue valued at £5,500 from a shop in Stockbridge.

The raider struck at about 2am on Friday, November 23, when a front window was broken at the Wykeham Art Gallery, High Street.

The bronze statue of a stag, pictured above, was on display in the window.

PC James Dalton said: “I am appealing for anyone with any information about this incident to come forward.

“The statue is about 26in tall and is very heavy. It is likely to have required two people to lift it, or possibly a van or a similar vehicle to transport it in.”

Anyone with information can call PC Dalton at Andover police station on 101 or Crimestoppers, the charity, on 0800 555 111.