VILLAGERS have been left reeling after four 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, were left sat on a hill for motorists to see as they came from West Haddon.
A skater-scarecrow and one in riding clothes were put up for people to see coming from the M1 and Rugby direction.
Mychelle Gibbins, one of the organisers of the festival, said: “It’s heartless what these thieves have done.
“Making these scarecrows 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 one was out and 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.
“I really hope that the scarecrows haven’t been destroyed, because maybe whoever took them will realise what they’ve done and will put them back.”
Despite the thefts, the festival will still go ahead with scores more scarecrows expected to be on display this weekend, along with a whole variety of events, from silent auctions to a circus. For more details go to www.crick.org.uk.
One of the scarecrows has been returned but anyone who knows the whereabouts of the others should call PCSO Lorraine Humfress on 03000 111 222.