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Appeals for statue’s return to Brighton restaurant

The Argus: The missing statue at Bom Banes in George Street, Brighton The missing statue at Bom Banes in George Street, Brighton

A restaurateur's bust was pinched by pranksters in the middle of the night.

The statue of proprietor Jane Bom-Bane holding a revolving tray had become a local landmark outside Bom Banes restaurant in George Street, Brighton.

Handcrafted by the creator of the original Star Wars R2D2, Jane’s bust had been in pride of place perched above the window of the Kemp Town restaurant for five-and-a-half years.

However early on Saturday morning (December 1) the bust was unbolted from its bracket and the electrical cables wrenched from the wall.

The distraught restaurateur said: “It is very sad.

“I feel like my alter ego has been snatched.

“It has no use or value to anyone else, but it is a part of us.

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“My brother-in-law John Jostins who made the original R2D2 made it and a local girl Melanie Pellett had just made a new tray for her as part of her art course.

“Neighbours heard a kerfuffle and a breaking sound, then they heard voices retreating. Then someone saying ‘you could get that’, and they came back.

“She was bolted to the ledge so they much have climbed up and unbolted her and pulled the wires that power the light and rotating tray straight out of the wall. It was obviously just a prank – a trophy to steal, but it is very upsetting for us.”

The thieves are believed to have made off in the direction of St James’ Street at some point between 1.30am and 3.30am on Saturday, December 1.

Sussex Police are investigating the theft and Jane is appealing for help from anyone who saw her unusual sculpture being carted away to come forward to help police pinpoint the exact time of the crime and track down the thieves on CCTV.

Have you seen Jane’s statue?

Anyone with any information on her whereabouts can call The Argus newsroom on 01273 544519.

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7:31pm Tue 4 Dec 12

brighton-breezy says...

Pranksters? I would say they are not, I would say they are thieves, stealing an item of artwork from a small independent business. I hope they get caught and prosecuted. Im sure now they know its by the maker of a world famous movie model, they probably are thinking that it has a considerable value. The Yobs of St James Street Area strike again...
Pranksters? I would say they are not, I would say they are thieves, stealing an item of artwork from a small independent business. I hope they get caught and prosecuted. Im sure now they know its by the maker of a world famous movie model, they probably are thinking that it has a considerable value. The Yobs of St James Street Area strike again... brighton-breezy
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8:16pm Tue 4 Dec 12

HJarrs says...

Good luck getting the bust back.

Our favorite restaurant! What a great place.
Good luck getting the bust back. Our favorite restaurant! What a great place. HJarrs
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8:56pm Tue 4 Dec 12

mictrix says...

lol hahahaha classic! someone's got a brilliant sense of humour love it! mwaah hahahahahaha
lol hahahaha classic! someone's got a brilliant sense of humour love it! mwaah hahahahahaha mictrix
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9:19pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Algeria Touchshriek says...

Agree with the above, bless those pranksters!!

And those lads who set fire to the cat in Crawley, little scallywags!

And those people who tied the woman up in Hove and ransacked her home, well the rascals!!

And that Jimmy Savile chap, what an absolute cad.

Pranksters indeed. Ridiculous. Thieving scum who should be horse whipped to with in an inch of their lives.
Agree with the above, bless those pranksters!! And those lads who set fire to the cat in Crawley, little scallywags! And those people who tied the woman up in Hove and ransacked her home, well the rascals!! And that Jimmy Savile chap, what an absolute cad. Pranksters indeed. Ridiculous. Thieving scum who should be horse whipped to with in an inch of their lives. Algeria Touchshriek
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8:31am Wed 5 Dec 12

brightonian57 says...

Breaking The distraught restaurateur said: “It is very sad.---------Who wrote this rubbish?
Breaking The distraught restaurateur said: “It is very sad.---------Who wrote this rubbish? brightonian57
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9:39am Wed 5 Dec 12

Crystal Ball says...

Never nice to have your bust pinched...
Never nice to have your bust pinched... Crystal Ball
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12:46pm Wed 5 Dec 12

lfcrule1972 says...

I admire the owner for trying to make the breast of it....
I admire the owner for trying to make the breast of it.... lfcrule1972
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8:40pm Wed 5 Dec 12

mictrix says...

Crystal Ball wrote:
Never nice to have your bust pinched...
lol especially in the middle of the night
[quote][p][bold]Crystal Ball[/bold] wrote: Never nice to have your bust pinched...[/p][/quote]lol especially in the middle of the night mictrix
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