Staff and students had a surprise last week when they discovered a Dalek in their school, West Exe Learning Centre in St. Thomas, Devon. The prop appeared to have been abandoned, with no clue as to where it had come from.
Sue Willey, deputy manager of West Exe Learning Centre, said:
We're not sure where he has come from or who he belongs to. It is a full-size replica and stands at about 5ft tall. You can even sit inside him. It's not every day you get a Dalek arrive at your school and he did cause a bit of a stir to start with. The kids liked him but I think they're starting to lose interest now. I don't think they're into Doctor Who really. We'd like to return him to his owner if possible because he's taking up quite a lot of room and is living in a cupboard at the moment."
Police were also involved in the incident but were unable to trace the owner. Detective Constable Caroline Prince, of Exeter's burglary team, said:
We believe this Dalek has come from somewhere in Exeter, but we have had no one reporting a stolen or missing Dalek so we don't know who it belongs to. If anyone can help us identify the owner of the Dalek, we would be very grateful so we can return it to its rightful owner."
With no owners having come forward to claim it, the Dalek now resides at a film and television memorabilia store in Exeter. Shop owner and Doctor Who enthusiast John Hadlow said:
I felt so sorry for him being stuck in a school cupboard so I've brought him to the shop and he is stood next to the other Dalek. He is also going to have a bit of a refurb and be tidied up. No one has come forward to claim him since the appeal in the Echo so we can only assume he was dumped.
If you have any information as where this Dalek may have come from, you can contact Detective Constable Prince at Exeter burglary team on 08452 777444.