Chess pieces stolen from Cathedral Square
The Christchurch City Council is asking for the public's help in getting back five of the much loved Cathedral Square chess pieces. The pieces went missing over the Easter weekend when they are inadvertently left out overnight.
The large public chess set is a popular attraction in Cathedral Square for locals and visitors.
The missing pieces are the Black Queen, Black Knight, Red Queen, Red Knight and Red Rook.
Marketing Manager Richard Stokes says the chess set is in almost constant use regardless of the weather.
"I'm sure many people will be eager to see the pieces returned as quickly as possible. The pieces can be dropped off at the Civic Offices in Tuam Street or any Council Service Centres in the next week and no questions will be asked. We'd also ask that anyone who sees the pieces or knows where they are to contact the Council's call centre on 941 8999.
The chess set has become a local favourite in the Square, and we hope the missing pieces will be quickly returned so the chess matches can return."