London, Feb 20 (IANS) Thieves in Britain have stolen a giant bronze statue set up to commemorate fallen heroes serving with the Army Air Corps, a component of the British Army.
The statue of an eagle, weighing 16 stone (over 100 kg), was forced from its concrete slab in the grounds of the Museum of Army Flying, near Andover, in Hampshire county, the Daily Express reported.
According to police, the statue, believed to be worth at least 9,000 pounds (over $14,275), may have been stolen to order.
It had been bought with donations just three years ago.
It is the latest in a string of thefts which have defiled war memorials and churches across Britain.
Museum chief executive Neal Martin said: “I’m angry somebody would be so disrespectful as to take this statue from the memorial garden.
“It is a hefty statue and has been clean lifted from its plinth because there are no scuff marks to suggest it has been dragged.
“The eagle weighs more than a large man and would have required several people to lift it.”
The incident occurred Feb 10.