An ornamental sheep that was stolen over the weekend has been found more than three miles away from its town centre home.
Yesterday Wrexham.com reported Doris from Borras and Champion, the ornamental Tour of Britain sheep had been stolen from their display on St Giles Way in Wrexham Town Centre.
The sheep, which had been installed in the town to commemorate the Tour of Britain’s arrival in Wrexham were stolen over the weekend – with Champion stolen overnight on Saturday and Doris stolen in what is thought to be the early hours of Monday morning. A third sheep, Blessing was also left vandalised and damaged by the offenders.
While Champion has yet to be found, Doris was yesterday discovered more than three miles away from the Town Centre and was found outside a home in Coedpoeth.
The stolen sheep was discovered yesterday morning when the home owner woke up and discovered the fibreglass sheep next to a recycle bin in the garden.
Sergeant Simon Kneale told Wrexham.com that enquiries into the theft of the ornaments are ongoing and has encouraged residents to contact North Wales Police on 101 if they have any further information regarding the incident.
As a result of the ongoing vandalism and thefts the remaining sheep have been moved to a safe and temporary location while a decision on where best to display them is made.
The Wrexham Sheep Twitter account told Wrexham.com: “Someone must have seen something driving past. Its a real blow to trying to achieve something that many cities and towns have done so well. The sad thing is that many businesses have ordered some more of our friends – still want this to go ahead, but at least this’ll be on private land / premises as part of a trail.
“It’s more than just vandalism, it’s a real blow to the perception of our wonderful town too.
“The key thing to say is that we won’t let mindless vandals ruin a project that has had a lot of keen interest and appreciation from 99% of Wrexham folk and the sheep trail around the County Borough, sponsored by local businesses, will still go ahead.
“Locations will be key – but majority (if not all) will be in safe locations where the public will access during opening hours only.”