Avon and Somerset Police have launched an appeal for information after a number of valuable artworks, including one worth half a million pounds, were stolen in a burglary at a former church near Bath.
Offenders forced their way into the former church, now a residential property, on Bath Road, Cold Ashton and stole several bronze statues.
One statue, a bronze wishing well, is estimated to be worth approximately £500,000.
Two others, of a horse and rider, are valued at about £25,000 each.
The incident happened sometime between 5pm on Sunday, 7th May and 11am on Tuesday, 9th May.
Investigating officer PC Simon McFall said: “This was well-planned burglary in which the offenders clearly targeted the former church for the artwork inside.
“It would have taken a number of people to carry out this crime as the statues weigh a significant amount and would’ve required several people to lift them.
They are also of a considerable size and it is more than likely that a van or other large vehicle was used to transport them.
“Anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area during 7 May and 9 May is asked get in touch.
“I’d also be keen to speak to anyone who has seen or been offered the statues for sale.
“If you have information please contact me via 101, providing the call handler with the reference 5217103116.”