TWO young boys have been left devastated after a brazen thief stole a life-sized scarecrow from outside their home.
Nine-year-old William Turner spent hours making the scarecrow of a Cyberman robot from Dr Who to enter in his village’s annual scarecrow competition.
But just three days after William proudly planted the silver monster outside the family home, thieves swiped it during the night.
His family are appealing to the thief to return it.
Mum Alison Turner, 44, said: “When he woke up on Tuesday morning he looked out his bedroom window which looks out on to the roadside.
“At first we though it had slipped into the hedge and we went outside to look but it was gone.
“William is very upset as he put a lot of hard work into it and was really proud of it.”
William, who’s favourite TV programme is Dr Who, spent hours on Saturday afternoon creating the cyberman before placing outside his home in Castle Eden.
Housewife Alison and husband Mark, 46, a primary school headteacher in Durham City also have another son, Alex, aged six.
Families across the village have been hard art work making imaginative creations for a Scarecrow Festival when Castle Eden competes with Elwick village.
Alison added: “His dad made the frame, but William made the head and painted it and everything.
“It was quite obvious that it was something that had been made by a child.
“Why would somebody just think it was ok to just take it away?
“Surely they would realise that it would upset a child and to do that has just been so thoughtless.
“We have lived in Castle Eden for 10 years and never experienced any anti-social behaviour.
“It is a wonderful place to live, that’s what makes it so shocking.”
Castle Eden won last year’ scarecrow festival, which saw scores of straw-filled creations crop up all over the village.