Sunday 22nd March 2009
GRANDAD Seamus Carol was jumping mad to find a 14ft trampoline had been pinched from his garden.
The giant jumping toy was bought for Seamus’s daughter Catherine four or five years ago and had become a permanent fixture in the family’s Walcot garden, until one night it mysteriously disappeared.
Seamus and Sally’s grandchildren Grace, six and five year old James loved to bounce around on the trampoline, and are now sad to learn their fun will be with two feet on the ground.
The trampoline is believed to have been stolen from the family’s South View Avenue garden on Monday evening. It is believed the thieves may have spotted it through the fence before plotting the mission to lift the mammoth toy out.
“It was a massive great big trampoline, 14-foot across,” said Seamus. We believe it happened Monday evening and have reported it to the police. They would have had to dismantle it to take it out over a 6ft6in fence. It’s just weird. It is so big we thought it was safe. But it has been dismantled without waking anybody up. It completely vanished over night apart from two springs and part of one leg. I’ve got a feeling they tried to come back for the rest the other night because there was someone in the garden who disappeared over the fence. I normally take it down in the winter, but this year I left it up. The house is more or less next to Lainesmead School and there’s a cycle path down the side of the garden. I think they must have seen it through the fence then decided to come back for it".
Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of the Carol family’s trampoline is urged to contact Swindon police on 0845 408 7000.
(Reproduced from This is Wiltshire)
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