A SCULPTURE which was created to brighten up a park in Cowley has gone missing seven months after it was unveiled.
The carving of a dray horse pulling a canal barge was created last November from a fallen tree in Cowley Recreation Ground, High Road, less than 200 yards from the canal.
It was one of several pieces of work carried out on behalf of Hillingdon Council by artist and sculptor Tom Harvey.
Thieves are believed to have stolen the horse overnight between last Wednesday and Thursday.
Dennis White was one of the first to notice and said: "I walk my dog through the park twice a day. The sculpture was there on Wednesday night but by 6.30am the next day The sculpture in Cowley Park was carved from a fallen tree by Tom Harvey.
"I think it's a real shame as they spent a lot of money on it and people had often said how nice it was."
Mary Worrall, head of highways and green spaces for the council, said: "We are very saddened to hear about the vandalism to the lovely canal barge tree sculpture at Cowley Recreation Ground.
"This sculpture was well loved by many local people and users of the park. Any information relating to this vandalism and theft would be very welcome."
* Contact Hillingdon Council's Ranger Patrol in confidence on 01895 239241.