Hunt for 'drunken pranksters' who stole 7ft goblin from community snow trail

A seven-foot goblin was stolen from a community “snow trail”.

Three massive figures – the goblin and models of a boy and a girl – all disappeared on the lantern path of the “Snow Queen” in Cheltenham, Gloucs.

The lantern figures are based on the fairy tale “The Snow Queen” by Hans Christian Andersen.

It is believed that they were stolen as a drunken prank.

St. Paul’s Road Area Residents Association was contacted after a car was sighted in the early hours of Friday morning [31] with what looked like the goblin on the roof.

A spokesman for the association, who asked for information about the theft, said: “We would like to get the lanterns back if possible.

“The big green goblin was my favorite of the lanterns, so I’m discouraged that they took this one. It was originally made by sculptor Matthew West for an exhibition in Gloucester city center in 2018.

‘Ukraine Looters Taped to Poles’

“We restored it along with the other lanterns and made some of our own to make this trail through the streets of St. Paul’s Cheltenham.

Gerda, one of the stolen lanterns

Kai, one of the stolen lanterns

“We had a lead on social media that the goblin was spotted on a car at 3:00 a.m. on Friday that was stopped by police on Tewkesbury Road in Cheltenham. This was before we realized they were missing.

“We assume this was a drunken prank – someone’s misguided idea of ​​a joke.

“They have no resale value, especially since they were likely damaged if removed – we know the cables to the batteries were cut and the batteries were left behind – so they won’t even come on without new lights.”

The green hobgoblin was stolen from the roof of a local pub, the Hanover Inn, meaning someone would have climbed the building to get there, while Kai and Gerda were stolen from the front gardens at 35 and 37 St. Pauls Road.


Leave a Comment