UPDATE: Gordon Bennett statue found
PUBLISHED: 14:40 05 August 2016
The theft of the statue last weekend caused outrage
A well known 7ft statue of a golfer that was stolen from its owner’s house last weekend has been found.
News of Gordon Bennett’s theft on Saturday, July 30 spread quickly and prompted a huge response from concerned residents, who took to social media in their droves in a bid to recover the statue.
Owner Geraldine Noonan-Wood said Gordon was returned to her garden at 37, North Cray Road on Wednesday evening.
“I went out and when I gopt back he had been put in a corner by our big back gate.
“Whoever took him must have thought, this prank has backfired.
“We haven’t put him back on show yet because the police want to do forensics.”
The statue was a minor celebrity in the area, frequently receiving Christmas cards and postcards, and he attracted attention when he was dressed up for Christmas, Halloween and sporting events.
“It’s fantastic. Thank you so much for all the support from everyone who got involved. We are very grateful to everybody,” Ms Noonan-Wood said.
Mrs Noonan-Wood added that the house’s new owners, the Browns, will put Gordon back on show and padlock him to deter any would-be thieves.