Queen Victoria scarecrow stolen from village green

The Queen Victoria scarecrow and (below) Hall on the bench on Elwick Village Green from where it was stolen
The Queen Victoria scarecrow and (below) Hall on the bench on Elwick Village Green from where it was stolen

HELEN Hall certainly had nothing to crow about after discovering her scarecrow had been stolen.

The Queen Victoria scarecrow had sat proudly on a bench outside Helen’s home in Elwick village, on the outskirts of Hartlepool, since the popular annual competition earlier this month.

Helen Hall sits on the bench on Elwick Village Green from where her scarecrow was stolen.

Helen Hall sits on the bench on Elwick Village Green from where her scarecrow was stolen.

The scarecrow and the nearby guardsman scarecrow were the last to remain in the village and Helen, who works in Billingham Forum box office, said she had intended to leave them there for as long as possible.

But the watchful eye of the guardsman was not enough to stop someone from stealing the Queen Victoria scarecrow overnight on Thursday last week.

“I woke up on the morning and looked outside and immediately noticed it wasn’t there,” said a bemused Helen, who lives in The Croft, in the village with husband, John.

“It had been attracting quite a lot attention and we had quite a lot of people who were passing taking photographs.

“It was there on the Thursday evening, but on the Friday morning it was gone.”

Helen, a mum of Michael Hall and Judith Forbes, and grandmother of Ben Forbes, 12, Sarah Forbes, 10, Morgan Hall, eight, Darcy Hall, three, and one-year-old Cody Hall, said the scarecrow was not valuable in any way, but was still angry that someone had taken it.

“Theft is theft at the end of the day,” she said.

“I don’t know why anybody would feel the need to steal it, but obviously someone has.”

Around 30 scarecrows appeared in and around Elwick Village at the end of May and beginning of this month, before the judging of the popular scarecrow competition.

Residents in Castle Eden joined in with the fun and the competition had a royal theme to mark the recent Diamond Jubilee.

“The scarecrow competition is always good fun,” said Helen. “My grandchildren helped with this year’s scarecrow and they did a brilliant job.

“They were quite upset when I told them what had happened, they just don’t know why someone would take it.”