HEAD BOY: Charlie Turner with the head section of the Dalek that mysteriously appeared outside West Exe Learning Centre
SCHOOL'S OUT: Sue Willey, left, and Charlie Turner stand with the Dalek found outside the West Exe Learning Centre
AN alien from a distant galaxy has landed in Exeter.
But this life-size Dalek has not come to exterminate city residents — it is looking for its lost owner.
Schoolchildren discovered the replica cyborg and police are now trying to trace its owner. Teachers at West Exe Learning Centre, in St Thomas, were left dumbfounded when Doctor Who's arch-nemesis materialised in their building.
And despite initial excitement about such an unusual addition to the school, they are now keen for the extraterrest- rial mutant to return to where it came 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."
The value of the Dalek is not known but Ms Willey estimates that the replica could be worth hundreds of pounds.
"He's a little bit damaged here and there, but he's still got to be worth hundreds," she said.
"Someone out there must know where this Dalek has come from. And if the owner doesn't come forward, maybe we could give it to some charity or organisation that can do something with him."
The school contacted police but officers say they have received no reports of a missing or stolen Dalek.
Detective Constable Caroline Prince, of Exeter's burglary team, said she would be keen to hear from anyone who might know who the Dalek belongs to.
"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," she said.
"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."
Anyone who can help police with their inquiries is asked to contact Det Con Prince at Exeter burglary team on 08452 777444.
UPDATE: Abandoned Dalek given new home