A statue has been snatched from an Indian restaurant in Mansfield, and the owners are appealing for its safe return.
The four-foot tall statue was taken from The Chand on Toothill Road on Saturday, 21st December, between 7pm and midnight.
The unusual wood carved and ceramic sculpture is of an Indian lady in the Namaste position - a greeting by putting hands together.
Shilu Choudhury, who runs the restaurant, said: “It is very sad. I feel like I can’t trust to leave anything unattended for our customers to enjoy.
“It has no use or value to anyone else, but it is a part of us. She was a gesture to say Namaste / thank you to our customers.
“Who would take her? Why would they take her? We waited two days before contacting the police in case someone had taken her as a prank but unfortunately she still hasn’t been returned.”
It is the second time the statue has gone missing after thieves took off with it last year, but it was later returned.
Police are investigating the theft but anyone with information can ring the owner on 07812 134997.