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Sarah Payne school statue recovered

A stolen statue presented to the former school of murder victim Sarah Payne has been recovered by police.

The bronze statue of a young girl, which is believed to have been stolen from Burhill County Primary School, Hersham, Surrey, yesterday, was found by a member of the public this morning.

The 2ft statue was given to the school in memory of the former pupil who was murdered in 2000. Sarah's mother, Dr Sara Payne, had appealed for its safe return.

The statue was found outside an address in Northfield Road, Cobham, this morning. It is believed that it was left outside the property between 5.15am and 7.30am.

Three people are believed to have been involved in the theft. A van was also seen in the area around the time of the offence.

Sergeant Marc Nettleingham, of Surrey Police, said: "The member of the public who found the statue, which is thankfully undamaged, had seen our appeal on Facebook.

"We are continuing to carry out a number of inquiries to identify the offenders responsible for this theft, which is particularly reprehensible given that it was presented to the school in memory of Sarah Payne and the investigation is ongoing."

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