Thieves steal £1,000 charity elf from garden centre

Thieves have been spotted stealing an electric elf from Woodcote Green Garden Centre in Wallington, south London.

Chippy the Elf - image: Woodcote Green Garden Centre
Chippy the Elf - image: Woodcote Green Garden Centre
The suspects stole 2ft-high Chippy on 6 December. Suspects were caught on CCTV unplugging 'Chippy' the elf before leaving after the incident.

They were accompanied by a young child.

Phil Barnden, manager of the garden centre, said:

"I was particularly shocked that someone could stoop so low. We want him back. The most disappointing thing is he is not there to wave at all the little children coming in. We have now got an empty plinth where Chippy used to sit next to his mate Rusty."

Barnden said it cost about £1,000 to hire the two elves.

Barnden added that he is offering a £200 reward for the return of the elf.



Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Read These Next


Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +

HORTICULTURE WEEK BUSINESS Awards 2019

The Horticulture Week Business Awards is now open for entries

Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Horticulture Week Top 100 GARDEN CENTRES 2018

See our exclusive RANKING of garden centre performance by annual turnover plus the FULL REPORT AND ANALYSIS of the market drawing on our garden retail industry-exclusive research

Garden Centre Prices

Peter Seabrook

Inspiration and insight from travels around the horticultural world
 

Read more Peter Seabrook articles

Neville Stein

Business advice from Neville Stein, MD of business consultancy Ovation
 

Read latest articles