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Thieves take feather from famous Pocahontas statue in Gravesend

PUBLISHED: 09:00 26 January 2014

Statue of Pocahontas with her feather removed
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Statue of Pocahontas with her feather removed Please byline all pictures with "Pictures by Andy Barnes"

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Thieves have targeted a Gravesend landmark for the third time.

The bronze statue of native American princess Pocahontas has had the feather from her headdress stolen.

Standing in the grounds of St George’s Church, the statue attracts tourists from across the Atlantic. It stands as a reminder of how Pocahontas died in the town on her way back home after spending a year in England.

A Gravesham Council spokesman said: “This is the third occasion since 2010 that such damage has been done to the statue.

“On the first occasion in early 2010, the tip of the feather was broken off. It was anonymously returned to the council having been found or handed in to the church several months later.

“By that time arrangements had been made by the council via its links with Virginia, USA, for a cast to be taken of the whole feather from the replica statue in Jamestown, which they were very happy to assist us with.

“From that cast, the council was able to get a replica made and we will use the same cast to do so again on this occasion.” A replacement will cost close to £1,000.

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