World: New Zealand: it flies a statue and plunges into ice water

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Un homme qui avait volé la statue d'Ernest Rutherford, pionnier de la physique nucléaire, à Brightwater, en Nouvelle-Zélande, a été arrêté par un policier qui a plongé dans l'eau glacée d'une rivière pour l'interpeller © Anthony Wallace A man who had stolen the statue of Ernest Rutherford, pioneer of nuclear physics, in Brightwater, New Zealand, was Arrested by a police officer who plunged into the icy water of a river to challenge him

a man who had stolen during the weekend the statue of Ernest Rutherford, pioneer of nuclear physics, in Brightwater in New- Zealand, was arrested by a police officer who plunged into the icy water of a river to challenge it.

The statue of Ernest Rutherford, representing the Nobel Prize 1908 born in Brightwater, will be able to return to his two feet, who remained alone on the base after the flight.

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The work was stolen Friday evening, and surveillance cameras captured images of the thief fleeing by bike with the heavy metal statue.

When, two days later, the 35-year-old suspect jumped into the Wai-Iit river in the middle of winter to escape the police, agent Jamie White plunged into the frozen waters in turn for the 'question.

"Despite all his efforts to flee by the Wai-Iit river, to his surprise, I swam after him and I managed to apprehend it," WHITE explained to AFP in a communicated.

"I can say that I enjoyed a good hot shower after that!", He added.

The alleged thief must appear on Monday in court.

The statue, found in good condition in a house, must be put back on its base at the Rutherford memorial in Brightwater.

Lord Rutherford (1871-1937) was a central character in the study of radioactivity and led the exploration of nuclear physics.

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