Ram-raiders feeling sheepish

Harold enjoys one of the best views in the village

Harold enjoys one of the best views in the village

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A MISSING fibreglass sheep named Harold has returned home safely following an anonymous tip-off in the middle of the night.

Last weekend thieves stole the fibreglass animal from owner Graham Kemp’s cottage patio on the seafront at Robin Hood’s Bay.

Harold was discovered in the middle of the night

Harold was discovered in the middle of the night

Mr Kemp reported the theft of the sheep, which cost £150, to Whitby Police. However, he received an anonymous note through his letterbox on Wednesday evening that directed him to Harold, who was lying among trees near the Cleveland Way, surrounded by real sheep and goats.

The sheep suffered a damaged rear leg and buttock in the abduction.

“I live in one of the most photographed and painted houses on the sea front”, said Mr Kemp.

“Last weekend, when I escaped the bank holiday tourists, someone entered my garden and stole Harold the sheep from my patio.

Back home on the patio with a damaged leg and buttock

Back home on the patio with a damaged leg and buttock

“He must be the most talked about sheep in the Bay and I would say around 70% of the tourists climbing the Quarterdeck steps and passing by on the beach have commented ‘Oh look, there’s a sheep on that patio’.”

Now that Harold has been returned to the cottage, Mr Kemp said he will bring Harold in at night and even plans to install CCTV on the patio.

He has been with his owner for around three years after being purchased from a store in Otley. “He was the best looking one,” said Graham. “He’s got that sort of nice wool.”

He was initially housed in Mr Kemp’s garden in Guisley, West Yorkshire, but when he made the move to Robin Hood’s Bay, the sheep came with him. However, he said he has no plans to extend the herd, adding: “I think one’s bordering on the eccentric, two would tip the scales.”

Harold the sheep on moving day last year

Harold the sheep on moving day last year