THE HOUGOUMONT CHRIST : STOLEN 11/2010, FOUND 10/2014 !
Update from 28/10/2014
news : the Belgian police has found the Hougoumont Christ in a garage... in
Braine l'Alleud, only a few km from where it was stolen ! The "owner" declared
he didn't know it was stolen and said he had bought the 16th century sculpture
in a flea market !
Both legs are still partly missing.
The news was announced on Friday 25/10/2014.
21 February 2011
Le Soir dated 19/02/11 :
We quote :
" It's a bit like if they had left the Mona Lisa in a garden shed."
It looks clearer and clearer now that the theft took place before 25 Novembre. In that case, that theft and the one of the commemorative stone on the wall of the Quatre-Bras farm took place within a few (2) days. There could be more than one element in common between both thefts! Let us remind you that a witness saw "several people on board of a (pseudo?) military vehicle equipped with a crane" and bearing a Dutch licence plate. The Christ, weighing several hundred kilos, can only have been taken by serveral people using a crane and a heavy vehicle...
Update from 09 februari 2011
New -unofficial but serious - testimonies seem to indicate that the theft took place on the night of the 24th to the 25th of NOVEMBER (!), i.e. more than TWO MONTHS before the official "discovery". The police seems to have been informed in the morning of the 25th, but didn't bother to come.
(Le Soir, 9th february 2011, p. 19 and the RTBF's website http://www.rtbf.be/info/regions/brabant-wallon/le-christ-dhougoumount-a-ete-vole-301304 )
In the Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/outrage-after-theft-of-waterloo-battlefields-irreplaceable-cross-2208623.html
In the Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1355171/Hougoumont-cross-survived-Battle-Waterloo-stolen.html
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