THIEVES have targeted a statue once owned by comedy legend Les Dawson.
The boss of a Blackpool family-run business was today offering a reward in a bid to get the stolen item back.
Tony Febland was astonished when thieves broke through security fencing at his wholesalers on Ashworth Road in Marton and took three statues including a 4ft, white carrara marble Venus monument.
It had once stood at the poolside of Les and Tracy Dawson’s home in Islay Road, St Annes.
Two other statues of women – measuring around 4ft and made of white stone – belonging to Febland Group Ltd were also taken during the raid.
Mr Febland said: “We feel totally violated. We have never had an attack like this.
“There is a reward of £500 leading to the return of the three statues if they are intact.
“They are very heavy, they probably weigh around 60 kilos so it must have been a two or three man job.”
The thieves struck sometime between 5.30pm on Thursday and 9am on Friday.
They managed to break through a 5ft galvanized steel fence and drag the three statues – worth £1,350 – through a hole they had made.
Mr Febland added: “They had used a trolley to trundle them over to the fence.
“It’s usually safe here – we’ve got nine cameras and two dogs. We’ve re-paired the fence now.
“The police are looking into it and hopefully they can catch the culprits.
“If anyone saw anything suspicious at the time or has seen any of the statues suddenly appear in someone’s garden, we’d ask them to get in touch.”
Police officers are looking at the firm’s CCTV.
A police spokesman said: “We are investigating an incident at Febland Group Ltd when three large ornaments were taken.
“Inquiries are underway and we would appeal for anyone with any information about these statues to contact the police by calling our non-emergency telephone number 101.”
To contact Febland Group Ltd call (01253) 600600.