The woman who put gnomes on an Ilkeston roundabout has appealed for their safe return.
Pamela Lambert of Park Drive, said she put the gnomes on the island in Nottingham Road as a way of brightening the area up. The first gnome she put on the island had been stolen within 24 hours. She then bought another one to replace it but that was stolen too.
She told the Advertiser: “Unless I sit there all night they will disappear.
“I just put one there originally. There were some toadstools there and I thought they looked a bit sad on their own. It was just an idea and I thought if it took off the community could add to it.
“I bought two more and put those on the island and a neighbour across the road made a table for them.
“I got up at 5am last Thursday to put it one and bought a car as well.”
Since the original gnome went missing there has been much speculation as to its whereabouts. A Facebook page has also been set up under the name Ilson Gnome, with regular updates about where it is. There is even a picture of it on a beach.
Pamela said she was angry that someone had taken the gnomes and has appealed for the thieves to put them back on their island.
The mystery deepens.