Police hunt for 8ft garden gnome stolen from Durham Castle

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THE CRAZE of stealing garden gnomes has reached new heights with the theft of a rare eight foot example.

Police confirmed today (Monday, March 17) they are looking for a giant gnome stolen from the master’s garden at Durham Castle shortly after midnight, on Saturday.

The illuminated blue "gnome" formed part of Echo of the Lumiere display by Durham University students, which ran until yesterday.

Internationally-renowned artist Goshka Bialek says she is seeing the funny side of it, but wants the gnome back.

Ms Bialek said: “My gnome was very ugly. And that was the point of it. I made it as ugly as I could – to challenge perceptions and provoke debate on gnomes, ugliness, taste and tolerance.

“Some students said it was ugly and shouldn’t be in the master’s garden.

“I said to them many people have gnomes in their garden - and they are very proud of them. And we have to be tolerant. People are entitled to have different tastes.”

Ms Bialek said someone knocked it down on Thursday night and the porters had put it back in place.

But between midnight and 12.30am on Saturday thieves removed the gnome.

Ms Bialek said: “I don’t have any idea who could have taken it. It could be hidden away somewhere.”

Anyone with information should contact Durham Police on 101.

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8:22pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Voice-of-reality says...

This has quite clearly been stolen as a 'college trophy' - it will (almost certainly) be in Hild/Bede, Hatfield, or Aidan's.
Failing that, hold the CEO of the organisation to account and arrest the VC - at least that would be something useful from Durham Constabulary.
This has quite clearly been stolen as a 'college trophy' - it will (almost certainly) be in Hild/Bede, Hatfield, or Aidan's. Failing that, hold the CEO of the organisation to account and arrest the VC - at least that would be something useful from Durham Constabulary. Voice-of-reality
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6:29am Tue 18 Mar 14

Ally F says...

Quite so VOR, for 'thieves' read 'students'
Quite so VOR, for 'thieves' read 'students' Ally F
  • Score: 3

5:59pm Tue 18 Mar 14

pensioner2 says...

I think they have done them a favour by nicking it- its grotesque! Even the creator describes it as deliberately ugly to provoke debate - ok love its ugly and i for one am glad its missing, i hope its in the river in small pieces, is that enough debate and perception for you?
I think they have done them a favour by nicking it- its grotesque! Even the creator describes it as deliberately ugly to provoke debate - ok love its ugly and i for one am glad its missing, i hope its in the river in small pieces, is that enough debate and perception for you? pensioner2
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3:13pm Wed 19 Mar 14

MartinMo says...

Once the local constabulary have dealt with the queue of herion addicts all waiting for a free hand out they may have time to search for the missing item.
Once the local constabulary have dealt with the queue of herion addicts all waiting for a free hand out they may have time to search for the missing item. MartinMo
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4:23pm Wed 19 Mar 14

cushybutterfield says...

This can only described as a 'gormless gnomeless crime', its certainly is against all 'European politically correct homeless gnome less', 'gnome -human right's and need immediate investigation. Apparently Gnome, perhaps student inspired **SLAVERY could be involved as the 'said Gnome has had to stand for 'Hours' and ridiculed. 'Local Trade Union's have refused help as the Gnome has refused point-blank to join any 'Trade Union' and has therefore been immediately **red-legged***and subsequently left out in the cold. There is talk that this Gnome could have ****illegally**** entered the Country from Switzerland and therefore is due and qualifies for a big money reward from 'British Border Control' A Border control Officer recently quoted, 'Look the Labour and Liberal Politicians have *****NO CAP on any immigrant Gnomes (illegal or otherwise) to Britain, we have many, many, British Gardens still GNOMELESS..
This can only described as a 'gormless gnomeless crime', its certainly is against all 'European politically correct homeless gnome less', 'gnome -human right's and need immediate investigation. Apparently Gnome, perhaps student inspired **SLAVERY could be involved as the 'said Gnome has had to stand for 'Hours' and ridiculed. 'Local Trade Union's have refused help as the Gnome has refused point-blank to join any 'Trade Union' and has therefore been immediately **red-legged***and subsequently left out in the cold. There is talk that this Gnome could have ****illegally**** entered the Country from Switzerland and therefore is due and qualifies for a big money reward from 'British Border Control' A Border control Officer recently quoted, 'Look the Labour and Liberal Politicians have *****NO CAP on any immigrant Gnomes (illegal or otherwise) to Britain, we have many, many, British Gardens still GNOMELESS.. cushybutterfield
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