Bouncy castles stolen from Ridge and Furrow pub in Abbeydale
BOUNCY castles worth £3,000 have been stolen from the garden of an Abbeydale pub.
Staff at the Ridge and Furrow, in Glevum Way, were left scratching their heads when they arrived for work this week to find the castles had been swiped.
Police have called on members of the public to come forward with information, saying it would have taken at least four people to lift the 20 feet long inflatables.
Landlord Steve Luckett was incredulous that the thieves had managed to get away unnoticed with such large items.
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"I couldn't believe it," he said.
"You certainly wouldn't expect people to get away with stealing bouncy castles that big.
"They weren't pumped up at the time because of all the wet weather we have had. But even so, it would have taken four or five people to lift them up.
"It is frustrating. We have had bouncy castles here for the last three years and these ones had been up since March.
"It's one of the pub's big attractions and the kids love it. Unfortunately now we won't be able to have them unless we get them back."
One of the bouncy castles, which was red and yellow, was worth £1,800. The other one, a blue and yellow inflatable designed for smaller children, was valued at £1,200. A third inflatable, which was emblazoned with the pub's phone number, was left behind.
Steve said he was hoping the pub's insurance would cover the cost of the play equipment but admitted the pub would be unable to foot the bill if not.
It is thought the thieves broke in through the garden, before hauling the castles over the fence.
Police said the inflatable play equipment had been stolen between midnight on Monday and 7am on Tuesday morning.
A spokesman for the force said: "It is likely those responsible would have needed a van to transport the bouncy castles so we would ask anyone who saw anything suspicious to contact us."
Call 101 quoting incident 191 of September 4.