Henry Moore sundial sculpture theft pair to be sentenced

TWO men will appear in court to be sentenced for stealing a Henry Moore sculpture in Hertfordshire worth up to �500,000.

Liam Hughes, 22, and 19-year-old Jason Parker pleaded guilty at St Albans Crown Court last month to stealing the Sundial sculpture and its bronze plinth.

The Sundial, created by Moore in 1965 as a working model for a larger sculpture, was taken from the grounds of the Henry Moore Foundation in Much Hadham overnight between July 10 and 11.

The distinctive bronze artwork was found after a televised appeal for information.

The Sundial is among a string of works by the abstract artist, who died in 1986 aged 88, to be targeted by thieves in recent years.

The Henry Moore Foundation carried out a security review following the theft of the two-ton Reclining Figure in December 2005.

In 2010, Moore’s �45,000 painting Three Reclining Figures On Pedestals was one of three works of art worth a combined �230,000 stolen from a gallery in Broadway, Worcestershire.

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Hughes and Parker, both of Coltsfield, Stansted, Essex, will appear at St Albans Crown Court for sentencing.