A CHILDREN’S author had a life-sized sign featuring one of her characters stolen from outside her house.
Vicky Stapley’s books on Dimples the Bear have been a major success, selling in their thousands across the world.
For the past five years a 2ft by 3ft sign has been outside her house with a picture of the brown bear.
But one morning 59-year-old Mrs Stapley, from Harvest Road, Denmead, awoke to find the £200 sign had gone.
She said: ‘The board is mounted on a really heavy block of wood that a friend gave me. There’s no way one person could lift it alone. It would have taken two people to lift it.’
Mrs Stapley has contacted police over the theft.
She said: ‘The police said it looks like it was a prank but where I live people don’t do things like that.
‘We don’t get yobs or drunken teenagers messing around. I think it was planned because it would have been a major operation to move it.’
Mrs Stapley has combed the streets looking for the sign under hedgerows and in bushes, but has been unable to trace it.
Call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.