GNOME MISTAKE, WE?RE BAFFLED
By CRAIG McTEAR
SHERLOCK Holmes or Inspector Morse would be worthy sleuths for a mystery gripping Boambee East.
The Case of the Reappearing Garden Gnomes has police scratching their heads and residents scouring their gardens to make sure they haven't unwittingly contributed to the intrigue.
In the past nine months, tiny visitors have twice used the cover of darkness to take up residence on the same Boambee East driveway.
The first sighting was made by the householders on July 23 at 7am. An assembly of 21 garden ornaments included gnomes (one was even playing a piano), a frog, birds, ducks, and an old man sitting on a bench.
Police had no luck in discovering where they'd come from and eventually had to dispatch the motley crew to government auction.
Then, last Thursday night, another collection of garden folk arrived at the same Boambee East address for a party.
This time, 19 ornaments were discovered neatly spaced out on the drive.
They had all come to play ? garden gnomes, a Buddha, white ducks, a tortoise, a wombat, frogs, a crocodile, a donkey, a Japanese lantern, and frolicking boys and girls.
Police have taken the latest assortment of gnomes and their friends into custody and are urging people to come forward in a bid to identify them.
They don't want to have to send them away to auction like the last lot. On both occasions, no-one knows where they've come from, or why they've set up camp on that particular property.
Perhaps you've heard the pitapat of tiny feet in your street late at night.
Or fairies have gone missing from the bottom of your garden.
If so, contact Sawtell Police Station on 6652 0299.