Gnome and away

Sunday Sun - - News - By KALI LIND­SAY Re­porter kali.lind­say@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

Footage from Steve Bell’s CCTV show a man let­ting him­self into his Wash­ing­ton gar­den in the dead of night. Within min­utes he has helped him­self to the Big Ears gnome (top right) and PC Plod (bot­tom right) CAN you help find the per­son sus­pected of tak­ing two gi­ant Noddy or­na­ments from a gar­den near Wash­ing­ton?

Home-owner Steve Bell’s CCTV cam­era caught a man en­ter­ing the gar­den and re­mov­ing PC Plod and Big Ears in the early hours of Septem­ber 7.

Steve, who lives on Fell Place in Spring­well Vil­lage, near Wash­ing­ton, said the or­na­ments were bought as a 40th wed­ding present for his wife six years ago.

Steve, 64, said: “I have gar­den Noddy fig­ures and when I re­viewed the CCTV you could see them be­ing taken. It is quite a good video. I have put it on a few com­mu­nity pages and there has been 11,000 views on Face­book but no one has said they know who he is.”

Steve said young­sters love see­ing PC Plod and Big Ears in the gar­den.

He said: “Lo­cal kids love them and stop to look on the way to school and most com­ments have been from par­ents say­ing how much their chil­dren en­joy stop­ping to look at the fig­ures.”

So far, the cou­ple has man­aged to re­place PC Plod for £70 but an­other Big Ears looks un­likely.

Steve said: “Ap­par­ently they were im­ported and the fac­tory was de­stroyed in a tsunami.”

The theft is be­lieved to have hap­pened be­tween 2.15am and 2.45am.

He said: “There is also a car in the CCTV footage that can be seen go­ing by and then com­ing back again - it might just be a co­in­ci­dence or could be linked.”

It is the lat­est theft from a Wash­ing­ton gar­den dur­ing the early hours. A man was caught on CCTV ap­pear­ing to steal a large trike from a prop­erty from Swirral Edge, in Al­bany, Wash­ing­ton. The Vik­ing trike be­longed to Lee Mur­phy, a se­verely dis­abled 28-year-old.

Northum­bria Po­lice has con­firmed they are in­ves­ti­gat­ing both in­ci­dents but are not treat­ing them as linked.

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