MYSTERY knitters have struck in a former mining village - giving motorists something to smile about as they drive by.
The horse and cart statue on the roundabout on the A181 near Wheatley Hill has been given a make-over after someone took it upon themselves to knit the nag this lovely blanket and hat to ward off the recent bad weather.
The original monument was damaged by vandals and had to be replaced with a new structure on the roundabout.
Now the replacement statue is being treated with a lot more loving tender care after being dressed in the woolly threads.
PCSO Sharon Bowman, of Peterlee Police, who covers the village, said: “Rather than locals causing it harm this time around it seems they do actually care with the bad weather we have had recently.”
The popular craze is known as knit-blitzing, yarn-storming, guerrilla knitting, urban knitting or graffiti knitting.
It is thought to have first been spotted in Holland in 2004 and was initially created to brighten up and reclaim sterile or cold public places.
It famously arrived in the North-East when knitters left Olympic-themed figures at Saltburn.
People flocked to the pier last summer, where every few yards, a different Olympic sport was portrayed.
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