South East Wales

Stolen Victorian statue to be replaced in Cardiff park

A Victorian statue stolen from a park in Cardiff is due to be replaced for the fourth time.

'Joyance', an 1899 statue of a boy by renowned Welsh artist Sir William Goscombe John was cut from the water fountain in Thompson's Park, Canton.

Cardiff council says a replica will be installed as soon as security measures have been put in place in the park.

2010 marks the 150th anniversary of Sir William Goscombe John's birth in Canton and a local pub is named in his honour.

His statues and monuments can be seen in many places in the UK and abroad, including Westminster Abbey, St Paul's and Llandaff cathedrals.

Many remain in Cardiff, including the statues of Lord Ninian in the civic centre and 'The Elf' in St Fagans.

His father, John, was a woodcarver to the third Marquis of Bute and Sir William assisted him with carvings at Cardiff Castle. Sir William, knighted in 1911, died in 1952, aged 92.

The statue, which is 4-5ft tall, was stolen in the early hours of Saturday 31 July.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to contact South Wales Police.

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