Statue of mythical Thai prince stolen from Stoke Newington restaurant Yum Yum
PUBLISHED: 09:02 27 September 2017 | UPDATED: 09:16 27 September 2017
A large statue representing peace and serenity has been stolen from the garden of Stoke Newington Thai restaurant Yum Yum - for the second time.
The bizarre theft of the mythical prince Phra Aphai Mani was captured on CCTV and police are now investigating.
The footage shows a man in a hoodie and trainers with a white rim walking into the grounds of the Stoke Newington High Street spot at 10.34pm on September 13.
He then disappears from shot but seconds later darts out and over the road with the large figure in his arms.
It is the second time the statue has been stolen and the restaurant is now once again hoping for its safe return.
Phra Aphai Mani is a 30,000-line epic written by Thailand’s best-known poet Sunthorn Phu, and is part of the country’s folklore.
Bosses said in a statement: “The statue has been at Yum Yum Thai Restaurant for approximately 11 years and was made and purchased direct from Thailand by Moy Choudhury.
“It’s creation is from mythical folklore story in Thailand similar to the English story of the pied piper, when the flute is played all the animals alike would come to it.
“It is made from a pure brass, it is a symbol of peace and serenity for the community in Stoke Newington.
“It had been previously stolen some years back and the culprits caught with the statue returned. Let’s hope we can get it returned again.”
Anyone with information on its whereabouts, or who has seen it, can call the restaurant on 020 7254 6751.
Hackney police said: “Due to the quirky and distinctive nature of the item taken, I expect the public may recognise it and there is a good possibility that we will identify the thief.”
Anyone who has been offered the item or has any information about it can contact Hackney police 101 or on Twitter @metcc. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.