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Article by Caroline Knight | 27th February 2019

#FindHarryTheHippo - Chilstone

Chilstone, makers of handcrafted architectural stone and garden ornaments in Tunbridge Wells, have received a large cuddly hippo from California, sent by MyHippo.com after a bronze hippo sculpture was stolen back in January when thieves smashed through the gates at the Langton Green show gardens.

Nicknamed Harry the Hippo after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement to the world’s press standing between four Chilstone Kensington Planters, making the planters famous overnight, the bronze sculpture, which weighs almost three-quarters of a tonne, has still not been recovered.

The theft went global after it was reported by the BBC, CNN and national newspapers. The new Harry the Huggable Hippo has been sent to Pembury Hospital’s children’s ward to spread a little joy and comfort to young patients.

Chilstone’s General Manger Steve Clark said: “I am pleased that this unexpected gift can be passed on to local children so that some positivity can come from this appalling theft from our show gardens. Thank you to everyone who has offered us support and thank you the thoughtful Americans who have sent this cuddly hippo to us.”

• Anyone with information should contact Kent Police on 01622 604100, quoting reference 10-0236 or contact Kent Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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