12:19PM, Tuesday 01 November 2011
A bronze memorial to four Maidenhead schoolboys who died on a skiing trip has been stolen from Ray Mill Island.
The figure of a boy and his dog was taken sometime between 5pm on Friday and 10.30am on Saturday.
Entitled The Companions it was created by Maidenhead artist Eunice Goodman in memory of Altwood C of E School pupils Lee Powell, Andrew Watts, Daniel Howton and Michael Taylor who died in April 1988.
The Royal Borough has put up a £1,000 reward for information leading to a successful prosecution.
Cllr Simon Dudley, cabinet member for adult and community services, said: "This is an appalling act of heartless thievery.
"The statue is a memorial to four young lads who lost their lives during a school trip and the entire community will be disgusted by this wanton disregard for the feelings of their families and friends."
Police confirmed they are investigating the theft but had no further information at this time.
Anyone with information should contact the Riverside and Belmont police neighbourhood team on 0845 8505505 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.
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