PIECES of art which were left on lamp posts, drainpipes, zebra crossings, gates and street furniture across Leigh were stolen, organisers have revealed.

Five out of 14 pieces of Easter artwork, exploring the themes of betrayal, denial, death, life and hope, were snatched from Leigh Road, Broadway, Elm Road and Rectory Grove.

Icons-on-Sea had organised the pop-up art trail with the help of Leigh Road Baptist Church.

David Elcock, from the church, said members of team expected vandalism.

He said: “At first we were sad, but then realised this interesting twist to the trail kind of echoed the first Easter day. Spookily all the missing pieces were to do with the resurrection of Jesus.”