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Kings go missing from public chessboard in Park Mall shopping centre, Ashford

Shopping centre bosses are asking people to "check" their belongings after two kings went missing from a giant chessboard.

Bosses from Park Mall in Ashford are asking that the pieces - the only two missing from the set - can be "returned to their respective queens".

With the complex closed at 7pm, the theft must have taken place before knight-fall.

The pieces have gone miss(k)ing in action. (9345380)
The pieces have gone miss(k)ing in action. (9345380)

An anonymous tip said that the regal pair were spotted by the Hollywood Bowl in Station Road last week in the possession of "two young ladies".

Having been rooked, Love Ashford - a council organisation which oversees Park Mall - is hoping the pieces can be returned for others to enjoy.

Hopefully they have not already been pawned.

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