Police launch Michelin Man-hunt after iconic tyres statue goes missing

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As manhunts go, this could lead the police round and round in circles!

The Michelin Man statue – a world renowned iconic symbol of the tyres manufacturing company – has been stolen from outside the global giants factory in County Antrim.

Only a single white foot remains in the gravel-filled display stand where the statue once proudly stood, according to the BBC News website.

The four feet high statue of the Michelin Man has taken pride of place outside the tyre plant in Broughshane for years. Worth around £2,500, the statue was a symbol of pride for the entire Ballymena area.

But police are hunting the fleet-footed thieves who made off with the statue in the early hours of Friday morning.

It is believed the statue was then loaded into the back of an estate car by the robbers.

The Michelin Man, who was given the name Bibendum, was first introduced to the world at an exhibition in France in 1894 where the Michelin brothers had a stand.

Today he represents the company in more than 150 countries.

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