Carnival banners stolen and ripped

NILABE110603e1, Ilkeston carnival banner.
NILABE110603e1, Ilkeston carnival banner.

MINDLESS thieves have stolen banners advertising this year’s Ilkeston Carnival on Saturday, which were paid for by the event’s charitable organisers.

The Ilkeston Lions, who have organised the annual day of fun in Ilkeston for the last 21 years, put up six banners around town over the Spring Bank Holiday to advertise the popular event, which raises hundreds of pounds for charity every year.

But President Sue Birch discovered to her horror last week that two had been stolen and one had been torn so badly it had to be taken down.

She said the stolen banners, which cost the group about £60 each would now have to be replaced out of group funds as each year her husband and fellow Lion, Ray, changes the date and re-uses them.

“It’s made us feel pretty sick,” she said.

“ At the end of the day, we are trying to raise money to help people. We do a lot of work to help people in Ilkeston.”

The stolen banners were attached to the fence of Ilkeston School in King George Avenue and at Rutland Manor Nursing Home in Heanor Road.

Sue said they were so well attached it would have taken the thieves a lot of effort to remove them.

“It’s not kids. Kids don’t go around carrying something as big as these,” she said.

“Ray found a piece of material left at the nursing home, where someone has cut through with scissors or a knife.”

One banner at Rutland Windows and Conservatories in Nottingham Road was so badly torn it had to be removed.

The three remaining banners are opposite Tesco in Rutland Street, at the Cat and Fiddle pub in Kirk Hallam and at AMF Bowling in Derby Road

A police spokesman confirmed they were treating the incidents as thefts.

Anyone with information should call Derbyshire police on 0345 123 33 33.