A bronze statue of a horse by sculptor Dame Elizabeth Frink valued at over £200,000 has been stolen from the grounds of a house in Surrey.

Police say the hugely distinctive statue of a horse lying down is only one of five in the world and will be instantly recognisable to anyone in the art world.

The daring theft occurred on the night of April 8 when a dark Land Rover gained access to a property on Crowhurst Road, Lingfield in Surrey, tearing up the lawn as it sped in and then away with the statue.

Detective Constable Nicola Finlayson said: “This is an incredibly distinctive piece of artwork. Someone will remember seeing it. The Art Loss Register has been informed. However, I am appealing to members of the art community to contact me if you have any information regarding the whereabouts of this valuable statue.”

Dame Elizabeth Frink was best known for her bronze outdoor sculpture and was famous for her Risen Christ statue in Liverpool Cathedral, which turned out to be her last work, as she died from cancer aged 62 in 1993.