Missing sea god statue recovered by the Army

Before the theft ... Mannanan Mac Lir statue
Before the theft ... Mannanan Mac Lir statue

A statue of a mythical deity which was stolen from a mountainside has been recovered.

It had been taken from Binevenagh Mountain near Limavady and replaced by a cross with the words ‘YOU SHALL HAVE NO OTHER GODS BEFORE ME...’ written on it.

On Saturday afternoon the PSNI said in a statement that the statue of Manannan Mac Lir, which had been based at the Bishops Road area of Magilligan, had been spotted by ramblers.

Area Commander Chief Inspector Alan Hutton said: “The ramblers advised members of A company 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Regiment soldiers who helped police recover the statue.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank members of the local community and everyone involved in its recovery today.

“I would still appeal to anyone who has any information about the theft of this statue to contact Police at Limavady on the non-emergency number 101. Of, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111”.