Wrexham’s famous flock of Tour of Britain sheep have been moved to a new location following a number of thefts and vandalism on the ornaments.
The remaining Wrexham fibreglass sheep, which were installed at St Giles Way to commemorate the Tour of Britain have been moved to a temporary location following the news that further theft vandalism and theft had been aimed at the flock.
Over the weekend two of the popular sheep were stolen from St Giles Way, with Champion (designed by teenagers working with local organisation, CAIS) stolen on Saturday night and Doris (designed by children at Borras Junior School) 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. Doris the sheep, who has been stolen before, was recovered by North Wales Police earlier this morning.
As a result of the mindless vandalism and theft the remaining sheep have now been moved to an alternative location while a decision is made in relation to their future home.
The theft and damage of the Wrexham sheep has been met with a strongly negative response to those responsible, with the terms ‘idiot’, ‘scum’ and ‘mindless’ regularly being thrown into the mix.
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.”
A spokesperson for North Wales Police added: “One sheep was stolen yesterday and has since been recovered. One sheep is still outstanding and one has been damaged.
“Anyone with information should call officers at Wrexham town on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
*Picture tweeted to Wrexham.com by NWPWrexhamTown