Farmer’s dismay as popular birds stolen

Geoff Frater, pictured in 2010 with the Red Loopoo, after the sculpture had been stolen and subsequently returned and re-fixed to its perch on the wall towards Boulmer Steel. Picture by Jane Coltman
Geoff Frater, pictured in 2010 with the Red Loopoo, after the sculpture had been stolen and subsequently returned and re-fixed to its perch on the wall towards Boulmer Steel. Picture by Jane Coltman

A creative farmer has spoken of his shock after thieves stole iconic sculptures from the wall of his farm.

The sculptures, which are made from worn plough parts and horse shoes, stand on a wall in Boulmer.

But thieves took two of the designs – the Red Loopoo and the Good Tern – between 8am on Wednesday, July 15, and 8am the following morning.

Farmer Geoff Frater, who created the pieces, said: “They have brought enjoyment to many people over the years.

“They were created as a bit fun to bring a smile to people passing by.

“One of the ones they have taken was the first one I made, the Red Loopoo, because there had been a sigting of a hoopoe and everyone was asking if I had seen it.

“I don’t know why anyone would want to pinch them, people love to see them when they’re walking on the path.

“A lot of people took photos and the kids put tinsel and little red hats on them at Christmas and birthday balloons on them.

“People enjoyed them, so it’s sad that someone would take them.

“It’s a shame it’s been ruined. It gives pond life a bad name.”

Social-media users who are fans of the artwork are calling for them to be returned.

Geoff added: “I can’t make them the same again because they were made from bits of metal that I had at the time. I might make new ones in the future, who knows.”

Northumbria Police are appealing for information in an effort to trace the artwork. Contact police on 101 ext 69191.