Po­lice is­sue ap­peal about miss­ing rein­deer

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS -

DE­TEC­TIVES have launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the dis­ap­pear­ance of Des­mond the plas­tic rein­deer.

Ear­lier this week, the ET re­ported the theft of the gar­den or­na­ment leav­ing the vil­lage of Wans­ford bereft.

Des­mond was the only Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tion in the Tate fam­ily’s gar­den and had stood proudly in the prom­i­nent spot, in Yar­well Road, ev­ery De­cem­ber for the last six years.

He is mo­torised, ap­pears to eat the grass and is also lit up in colours.

But last week, thieves made off with the pop­u­lar rein­deer whose fame has spread as far as Oun­dle.

Owner Jane Tate did not ini­tially re­port it to the po­lice but on the ad­vice of the Neigh­bour­hood Watch she has told of­fi­cers about the theft.

She said: “There are some CCTV cam­eras in the vil­lage and po­lice said they would have a look. Fin­gers crossed we may get Des­mond home for Christ­mas.”

Sadly the CCTV drew a blank but in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cers are now ap­peal­ing for any­one with in­for­ma­tion to con­tact the po­lice.

He was taken some time be­tween 8pm and 10pm on Tues­day, De­cem­ber 13.

The thieves tried to pull the plug out of the socket by yank­ing the cable but could not so cut the wire in­stead.

They also made off with a stock­ing which was hang­ing above Des­mond in a tree.

A spokesman for Cam­bridgeshire po­lice said: “We have checked the CCTV but noth­ing came of it. We are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the theft and if any­one knows any­thing they should call 101.”

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