A distinctive milk churn emblazoned with the Cadbury chocolate logo has been stolen from the front garden of a house near Hartland.
The antique, galvanised churn was taken from a property at Rosedown, just outside Hartland, where it has been in the front garden for a number of years. It was stolen some time between November 29 and December 13.
With the global recession about to enter a third year scrap metal thieves have been keen to milk any opportunities to steal bulky metal items, although Devon and Cornwall Police press officer Alan Mobbs says police are open minded about the thief's motives.
"We have to be open minded," he said. "People do paint milk churns and use them as house signs, so it's possible the thief plans to sell it on.
"They usually say Unigate on them, so to get one with Cadbury on it is quite rare and it's probably quite valuable."
Anyone with any information should contact police on the non-emergency number, 101, quoting crime reference number CD/12/2316.