Rustlers in park grab

Thieves strike in dead of night

Ayrshire Post - - FRONT PAGE - Michael Reynolds

Hard- hearted rustlers have struck at one of South Ayr­shire’s top at­trac­tions.

Thieves made off with four life- sized ce­ramic sheep from the front en­trance to Heads of Ayr farm park.

Hard- hearted rustlers have struck at one of South Ayr­shire’s top at­trac­tions.

Thieves made off with four life- sized ce­ramic sheep from the front en­trance to Heads of Ayr farm park.

Now park bosses have launched a des­per­ate search for the much- loved an­i­mal stat­ues.

The mod­els were pinched on the night of Fri­day, Septem­ber 22, and while some footage has been re­cov­ered through CCTV, staff are look­ing to the pub­lic to track down their flock.

Di­rec­tor Greg Rankin said: “It hap­pened in the mid­dle of the night. There were peo­ple on the premises but be­cause they were right at the en­trance­way they didn’t come close enough into the park to be seen.

“Our CCTV did catch a ve­hi­cle that had no au­thor­ity to be there. It was a Ford Fo­cus, and we got a partial plate that the po­lice are work­ing on.

“The po­lice have been in­ves­ti­gat­ing for a few weeks now. Al­though they’re do­ing a great job they are very busy so when we con­tacted them they said get it out to the pub­lic. “It’s all gained mo­men­tum from there.” The car caught on CCTV is be­lieved to be a sil­ver Ford Fo­cus, al­though black and white CCTV im­ages pre­vent po­lice and park own­ers from pro­vid­ing de­fin­i­tive an­swers on the motor.

A so­cial me­dia plea by Heads of Ayr has been shared by hun­dreds of peo­ple on­line – but de­spite the wide reach, the model sheep are still miss­ing.

Mr Rankin added: “The sheep have been there for a cou­ple of years and they’ve be­come a bit of a favourite.

“The kids love get­ting pho­to­graphs with them. They were a do­na­tion from a cou­ple who were friendly with the own­ers of the park and they de­cided to do­nate them so ev­ery­one could en­joy them.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion on the miss­ing sheep should call Heads of Ayr on 01292 441210, or phone Ayr Po­lice Sta­tion on 101.

Top at­trac­tion Heads of Ayr Farm Park

Plea Man­ager Wil­liam Ed­mond and cashier Mau­reen McCutcheon at scene of the crime

Stolen The ce­ramic sheep which sat out­side Heads of Ayr

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