A DRAGON has been stolen from Huddersfield.
The magnificent 5ft dragon sculptured from stainless steel was the dramatic centrepiece at the heart of a residential development in Edgerton.
It was on a granite plinth at Stoneleigh Park off Bryan Road until thieves struck in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Fears are now growing the dragon - which took Slaithwaite sculptor Michael Stott 450 hours spread over four months to make - may have been stolen to be shipped overseas.
Michael, who owns Steel Dreams creative metalwork based at Upper Mills in Slaithwaite, had the £10,000 dragon on show at his company.
It was spotted by a developer who thought it would be a stunning sight and it has been in the communal garden for around two years.
Michael said: "Most of the dragon was constructed from stainless steel discs 50mm in diameter and 2.5mm thick with each one individually bent to shape.
"The wings were made from sheet steel beaten to shape.
"It was quite a challenge, but I'm planning on two more which will be even bigger."
He said the dragon could have fitted into the back of a van.
Pc Allison Cook, of Huddersfield CID, said: "The dragon is truly unique. There is none other like it anywhere, so we would appeal for anyone with information as to where it is to contact us.
"The owner would dearly love it back."
Contact Huddersfield police on 01484 436659 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.