A 12FT snake sculpture created by a teenager as part of an outreach project has been stolen.
The artwork was made by a 14-year-old boy from Springwell Dene special school and put in place at Elemore Woods, near Easington Lane.
It formed part of the Woodland Trust charity’s Visit Woods East Durham Project.
The sculpture was created in July.
Chris Affleck, Visit Woods East Durham outreach officer, said: “Not only did the sculpture take a lot of hard work to complete, it also represents exactly how trees and woods provide ways for young people to express themselves when otherwise they may struggle to do so.”
The teenager, who has not been named, said: “I am really disappointed.”