Scarecrows theft is a ‘heartless’ crime

MHDE-05-07-11 SCARECROWS JUL11 (4)'Scarecrows have been put up around Crick to promote their Scarecrow weekend. However two were stolen from the West Haddon Road. Pictured with one of the scarecrows that has been returned are Faith Gibbins ( 9 ) & James Gibbins ( 11 )
MHDE-05-07-11 SCARECROWS JUL11 (4)'Scarecrows have been put up around Crick to promote their Scarecrow weekend. However two were stolen from the West Haddon Road. Pictured with one of the scarecrows that has been returned are Faith Gibbins ( 9 ) & James Gibbins ( 11 )
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VILLAGERS are angry after scarecrows created by children were stolen.

The colourful characters were put up in two locations at entrances to Crick to promote its scarecrow festival this weekend.

Two Brownie scarecrows, created by the village’s Brownie group, plus a skater-scarecrow and one in horse riding clothes were stolen.

However, one was mysteriously returned on Monday.

Mychelle Gibbins, one of the festival organisers, said: “It’s heartless what these thieves have done. Making them brought so much joy to the Brownies and my son who made the other two.

“The Brownies knew their scarecrows had been put up and when she saw that it had disappeared and she was beside herself.

“We put up a couple in advance because it grabs people’s attention more than a poster does.

“We heard on Monday night that one had been returned. It’d be great to get them back because we’ve got lots going on and it would make the weekend perfect.”

The festival will still go ahead with scores more scarecrows on display.

Crick Village Hall is putting on an arts and photo display while the church is organising Victorian teas and bingo. Other attractions include a dog show, and fun fair.

Sunday will see the Crick Challenge and car boot sale. A big top circus will come to the village with four performances across the weekend. In addition there is a music festival on the playing field with live music from 10am to 6pm.

Also this weekend is the Aston le Walls scarecrow trail, open from 11am to 4pm both days starting at the village hall.