Spectrum, which is painted in the colours of the rainbow to highlight inclusivity,  had been placed near to Kingston Bridge outside Fusebox.

The organisers of the trail say they have CCTV footage and have successfully retrieved the giant sculpture from the river.

Ten bears, all uniquely painted, are currently on display throughout the town until June the 7th.

Spectrum was created by Christine Jopling, an artist from Leeds.

The trail is inspired by ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’, the award-winning animation based on the much-loved picture book by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury.’

If you have any information, you should contact Kingston Council.

Kingston First communications and marketing manager Sarah Mather told Teddington Town: “We were deeply shocked and saddened to discover that the bear sculpture, named Spectrum, had been thrown into the Thames, despite being weighted down so it required considerable force.

“However, amidst this unfortunate situation, I’m pleased to share that the Kingston community demonstrated remarkable resilience and unity.

“We were initially notified about the bear by a concerned local who rescued the bear and secured it to their boat.

“Neighbours also contacted us about the bear and we learnt they quickly rallied together to assist in moving the bear to safety, coordinating efforts to move it to shallower waters.

“Kingston First expresses immense gratitude to these individuals, whose actions exemplify the true spirit of our community.

“The overwhelming concern and support expressed by members of the public are truly heartwarming. We understand how cherished these beautiful bears are within our community.

“Despite this setback, the Kingston Bear Hunt Trail remains active, and we’re hopeful for Spectrum’s eventual restoration and inclusion into the trail.

”In response to this incident, we have raised the matter with the police, and CCTV footage has been shared with them.

“We would however like to urge any witnesses or individuals with information to come forward and assist the authorities in their investigation.”

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