Police have recovered a Cycling UK cow sculpture which was stolen from its plinth on top of Box Hill last year. Cycling Moo Kay, which was one of more than 60 brightly-coloured cows to go on show as part of the Surrey Hills CowParade, had been due to be sold at auction as a charity fundraiser when it disappeared in August.
Held in dozens of cities and other locations worldwide since its launch in Zurich in 1998, CowParade has raised millions of pounds for charity, with the statues auctioned off at the end of each exhibition.
The life-size fibreglass Cycling Moo Kay was unbolted from its plinth and removed during the night. A month later, having not turned up, it was replaced by a similar creation going by the name of Cycling Moo Kay II.
Get Surrey reports that the original sculpture has now been found. Officers from the Mole Valley Policing Team executed a warrant at a property in Newdigate on Wednesday and a man in his 40s has been arrested on suspicion of theft.
Ok, the cow's outta the field now... so this morning we recovered long lost "Cycling Moo Kay". A nice shaggy cow story for the New Year pic.twitter.com/F0d4UVXO9W
— Richard Hamlin (@DIRichardHamlin) January 11, 2017
Cycling Moo Kay will now be returned to the Surrey Hills CowParade.