Appeal as Desmond the reindeer goes missing
picture: DAVID LOWNDES CHRISTMAS has been marred for one village after a popular decoration was stolen.
A motorised reindeer has been stolen from a prominent spot in a garden on the corner of the Old Leicester Road and Yarwell Road in Wansford.
The Christmas decoration, called Desmond, was known throughout the village and beyond and the reason for its theft seems to have mystified many people.
Owner Jane Tate (58), said: “It is quite remarkable how many people knew about Desmond.
“We were at a dinner party in Oundle and people there who we had never met were asking after him.
“I think because it is such a prominent spot and he was the only piece of decoration in the garden apart from a stocking in the tree, that made him so well known.
“It is rather sad that he has gone. These things become part of village life and now he has gone.
“He was distinctive because he was getting a bit old. One of his legs didn’t work properly and the lights on one antler have broken.”
Desmond has been a fixture in Wansford for the last six years. Each year, regular as clockwork, he goes out on December 1 and goes back in on Boxing Day.
But last week he went missing, some time between about 8.30pm and 10pm on Tuesday.
Mrs Tate does not believe it was an opportunistic theft as it is thought they had insulated cable cutters, slicing through a mains connected wire.
Mrs Tate said: “We have had a lot of people asking where he has gone.
“The children would all see him in the morning on their way to school and back again at the end of the day.
“We have a teddy bear dressed up as Father Christmas who sat in a sleigh behind Desmond.
“He had a lucky escape because it was wet and miserable we brought him in.”
Parish Councillor Richard Clarke said: “I think everyone in the village knew about Desmond. We don’t get much crime in the village, this is very sad.”
CONCERN: Distraught children Amelia (4) and Joseph Green (6) and Freddie Linnell (6) worry about their stolen reindeer. (METP-20-12-11DL023)