Silence of the lambs

PUBLISHED: 12:19 25 January 2007 | UPDATED: 14:59 12 May 2010

George Leete after the loss of his sheep - Pic: Daniel Wilson 2157DW1

George Leete after the loss of his sheep - Pic: Daniel Wilson 2157DW1

WHEN Little Bo Peep Lost her sheep she didn t know where to find them, but when a man from Royston s sheep went missing he knew exactly where to look. George Leete, of Field Crescent in Royston, woke up on Saturday morning to find three treasured garden

WHEN Little Bo Peep Lost her sheep she didn't know where to find them, but when a man from Royston's sheep went missing he knew exactly where to look.

George Leete, of Field Crescent in Royston, woke up on Saturday morning to find three treasured garden ornaments missing from his lawn.

Mr Leete said: "The night before I heard a noise in the back garden and came out to have a look, but I didn't see anything suspicious.

"It wasn't until the following morning that I realised our ornamental sheep had been stolen.

"My wife and I are disappointed. We had the sheep for almost seven years - they meant a lot to us.

"People were always commenting on them and they were admired by our neighbours."

The 70-year-old believes the sheep were snatched by youngsters, who have been causing mischief in the area.

"A lot of youths hang around on the Newmarket Road playing fields, sometimes until 2am.

"They come past the house to get to the park and often cause noise and nuisance," he said.

"Knowing this, we checked the playing fields and what did we find? One of the ornaments smashed to bits. They probably thought it was a joke - but it's not funny to us. It seems they have no respect."

Mr Leete continued that his hopes of retrieving the other two are now dashed.

He said: "I don't think we will be seeing them again and I wouldn't be surprised if this happened to someone else.

"Misbehaviour is a growing problem around here and something needs to be done about it," he added.

The incident has been reported to Royston police.

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