Harrogate Town let down as inflatable mascot is stolen

  1. September 24, 2014 7:08 pm

The Harrogate Advertiser recently reported in fine puntastic style the theft of an inflatable mascot from outside the Harrogate Town football ground last Tuesday. Apparently the mascot’s owners are ‘deflated’.

The high spirited mascot Trusty was taken from outside the CNG Stadium on Wetherby Road, somewhere between 6.30 and 9.30 on Tuesday evening. This is a busy road with a near-constant flow of traffic but Trusty vanished in this time period, along with his trusty fan and power supply. These items cost around £2,500, according to owners, who are not thought to be inflating the figure.


North Yorkshire Police are not treating the matter lightly and have launched an appeal to find Trusty. Anyone with any information about the theft of the inflatable character should contact their local police force. Harrogate policeman Peter Taylforth, of the Safer Neighbourhood Team described the mascot and commented on its theft:

“The inflatable is quite large and of a distinctive design.  It would not be of any use to anyone other than the organisation it was intended for.  Also, anyone attempting to remove it would have been visible to any passers-by.  It’s possible that people who saw it being taken didn’t think anything suspicious was happening.”

PC Taylforth added: “I urge anyone who has any information about the theft to contact the police as soon as possible.” The local police are clearly keen to find the airheaded inflatable, but it is not known if any busts are planned. Let’s hope they don’t put a pin in it.

To share any knowledge about this incident you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting the reference 12140159570.

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