Gnome and away
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.