Thieves snatch landmark wooden puffin

The carved puffin stolen from Cellardyke.
The carved puffin stolen from Cellardyke.

Residents in an East Neuk village have been left angered after a popular landmark feature in a floral display was stolen overnight.

The large carved wooden puffin, one of two created by SD Provan of Pittenweem and valued at £250, took flight this morning (Monday) from James Street in Cellardyke.

Police believe the ornament was stolen between 6pm on Sunday evening and 8am on Monday morning.

A chain had been attached to the puffin to stop it being stolen, but a local resident found it missing after he returned from work.

Rob Glendinning said: “I went to work at 11pm and it was there.

“When I came back this morning I went over to water the plants and I saw that it had gone.

“It had a chain bolted into its back but someone has ripped it off and a chunk of the puffin with it.”

The sculpture had been purchased by a neighbour of Rob as the centrepiece of a floral display.

Rob added: “It’s been there for three years.

“It’s a landmark in the area – children are always getting photos with it.

“It’s very disappointing.”

Community Sergeant Neil Johnston from St Andrews Police Station said: “This is an attractive addition to the street and its disappearance has caused a lot of upset in the local community.

“This was donated by a generous member of pubic and local officers are urging anyone who may have anyone information to its whereabouts to contact police on 101.”

People can also pass on any information anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.