WITHIN weeks of installation, callous thieves have stolen specially designed bronze seats from either side of the newly unveiled Mardyke Bridge.
Three of the four seats were removed overnight on Monday 29 March. The seats had been commissioned by Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation from the artist Edward Allington, to complement his Sun Arch sculpture, which is adjacent to the bridge.
The seats were installed on10th March, and had been specially designed for local families to use, providing an unusual seat for adults and spring like mini-slide for children.
Only four of the unique designs had been cast, but the Development Corporation had been planning to have more produced to allow more people to relax and enjoy the green space.
Speaking on behalf of Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation, Assistant Director of Delivery, Lois Bowser commented; “We were shocked to hear that within weeks of installation these pieces of practical artwork have been stolen.
“We had planned to increase the number of seats on the site to encourage more people to relax and enjoy the Thameside view so it is a great shame that thieves have spoilt it.”
The Mardyke Bridge project is one of many programmes that the Development Corporation is working on in Purfleet, including the creation of a new local centre and the Royal Opera House Production Park, which is due to open at the end of this year.
Anyone with information relating to the theft should contact Grays Police on 0300 3334444 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.