Stolen gnome alert

PUBLISHED: 16:35 29 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:24 10 June 2010

TUESDAY, JULY 29: DESPERATELY seeking Geoffrey the garden gnome that is the hope of one St John's Road couple whose much-loved garden ornament was recently stolen from their porch. Di and Jim McMahon's concrete ornament had been guarding the front door of the family gn-o

DESPERATELY seeking Geoffrey the garden gnome - that is the hope of one St John's Road couple whose much-loved garden ornament was recently stolen from their porch.Di and Jim McMahon's concrete ornament had been guarding the front door of the family gn-ome for 10 years after the couple spotted it during a trip to Donegal in Ireland and decided to buy it.Naming it Geoffrey after a cat that was stretched out in the middle of the Irish gnomes, for the past decade his cheery face has welcomed scores of visitors and the McMahons' 13 grandchildren as they walk up the garden path.But Geoffrey turned gno-mad when under the cover of darkness he was taken from the couple's St John's Road home.Di McMahon said whoever made off with Geoffrey the gnome, which had a concrete car attached to him, would need to be strong, or have a nearby car, to carry such a heavy lump.She said the gnome had sentimental value and hoped whoever had him would have a heart and return him.Mrs McMahon said her husband, Jim, first noticed the gnome was missing while recycling the Sunday papers."The police said somebody probably walked past, saw him, and said 'I'll have that one day'," said Mrs McMahon. "I don't think we stand a chance of getting him back. All the wardens and neighbours are on gnome alert." l Geoffrey the gnome can be returned to the Journal office, 1 Exeter Road, no questions asked, where he will be reunited with his owners.

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