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News Archive > General > Reward is offered after statue is stolen

Reward is offered after statue is stolen

By Natasha Swift 17th May 2017

Reward is offered after statue is stolen
REWARD: For return of Jim the Kettle Boy

A CASH reward is being offered for the safe return of one of the iconic clay worker statues which have stood outside Wheal Martyn for more than a decade after it was stolen a month ago by thieves.

Jim the Kettle Boy was ripped off his stand and stolen while the Bal Maiden was torn down and left damaged lying on the ground sometime overnight on Easter Sunday and Monday.

Four weeks on and the statue is still missing prompting the museum to offer a £100 reward in the hope that he will be returned to his rightful place.  

The statues, which are unique to Wheal Martyn, are dressed with real clay workers clothing, dipped in resin.  

They have no economic value to anyone but are enjoyed by everyone who visits Wheal Martyn, with many having their photographs taken with them.  

They also represent the many thousands of people from the clay area who worked and continue to work in Cornwall’s china clay industry.

Managing director of Wheal Martyn, Colin Vallance, said: “We have been blown away by the huge amount of support we have received and are so grateful for the generous donations we have received towards replacing Jim and repairing the Bal Maiden.

“We are working behind the scenes on plans for replacement and repair which we hope we can bring to fruition later in the year.”

If anyone has any information about the whereabouts of Jim, or would like to make a donation towards the project to replace and repair the iconic statues visit:, email: or call 01726 850362.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact police on 101 quoting crime reference number CR/028510/17.

By Natasha Swift 17th May 2017

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