Monday, November 19, 2012

Artwork stolen from garden

Fiona Maher, an arts and creativity team manager at Midlothian Council, made the sculpture three years ago when her partner Mike was hospitalised following a stroke.
The impression of her hands on his head was a reflection of what her family was going through at the time.
She explained: “During what was a hugely traumatic experience I decided to channel my emotions at night school. It was very much a case of expressing what was going on at the time.”
It took around eight weeks to finish the sculpture, which according to Fiona holds a lot of personal, sentimental and emotional value.
She believes it was stolen last month, and is perplexed as to why none of her other works of art were taken.
The mum of three added: “I was gutted. There were six other pieces in the garden but for some reason that sculpture was the only one stolen. It’s not likely to be very valuable; I don’t rate it as a very good piece myself but it might be sellable.”
Fiona and Mike, who have been together for more than 30 years, were married on Hogmanay last year. They have three children, aged 16, 22 and 24.
Mike spent one month in hospital and is still recovering from the massive stroke.
“When he was shown the sculpture for the first time he was so emotional that he couldn’t look at it,” added Fiona.
A police spokesman said: “We are investigating following the theft of a sculpture from a garden in Midlothian.
“The incident happened sometime between October 14-28 at an address in Gorton Road, Rosewell.
“The limestone artwork of a man’s head and hands is of no significant monetary value. However, it has great sentimental importance to the victim who is keen to have it returned.
“Anyone who can assist with our enquiries into this theft is asked to contact police immediately.”
(Reproduced from the Midlothian Advertiser, 16th November)
Gardien Comment: See the advice re Garden Antiques and Statuary at

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Police theft appeals


WINSFORD police are appealing for information on the following crimes.
Planters were stolen overnight between November 5-6 from a garden in Delaisy Way, Winsford. A wooden train containing a plant, and three ornamental wooden toadstools were taken.
A Merida SUB 40 mountain bike was stolen from the porch area of a house in Mount Pleasant Road, Davenham overnight between November 6-7.
Reported on November 2, golf clubs were stolen from a garden shed in Tatton Close, Winsford. Police advised the theft may have occurred anytime during the preceeding 11 days.
Anyone with information should call Cheshire Police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
(Reproduced from Winsford Guardian, 13th November)
Gardien Comment:  See the general advice on garden security and the article on Shed Security at 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Theft of chainsaw in Caulcott (Oxfordshire)

CHAINSAW THEFT: Police have appealed for witnesses after a chainsaw was stolen from a garden shed in Caulcott.
The yellow Makita chainsaw was stolen overnight on Friday, November 2, after thieves broke into the shed in the front garden of a home in Lower Heyford Road.
PCSO Christopher Kidd, of Bicester Police Station, said he would like to hear from anyone who saw suspicious activity in the area, or has been offered a chainsaw matching the description.
Details can be passed to PCSO Kidd on 101.

(Reproduced from Bicester Advertiser and Review 7th Nov 2012)

Gardien Comment: Too many sheds are very easy to break into. Read the article on Shed Security at