Thieves steal 'landmark' Simpsons statues from Wakefield home

A South Elmsall businessman said he felt like he had 'let his community down' after thieves stole a life-size Simpsons statue from his garden.

Thursday, 13th August 2020, 7:00 am
Updated Thursday, 13th August 2020, 5:40 pm

The statues of the cartoon characters had adorned the decking of their South Elmsall home for 15 years, and become something of a landmark for those in and around South Elmsall.

Owner Markk White said he was "angry and upset" to awake last month and discover that they had been stolen, and is now appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

He said: "The Simpsons were a landmark for like 15 years. I've let Sesku [South Elmsall, South Kirkby and Upton] down by not having a landmark any more.

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The Simpsons statues had been at home in Markk White's garden for 15 years, but were stolen last month.

"If you said to a delivery guy 'We're the house with the Simpsons' they knew where you were.

"They were there as a landmark for so many years. What upsets me most is I've had so many people with kids drive past my house and ask for photos."

Markk said the cartoon statues had become something of a local landmark, and he was often visited by families hoping to take a photo with them.

He first realised they had disappeared in the early hours of Saturday, July 25, when he woke early and realised the decking was bare.

CCTV from earlier that morning appears to show two people arrive shortly after 12.30am with bolt cutters to remove the statues.

A Facebook post appealing for information on the theft has been shared hundreds of times, but Markk says nobody has come forward with information.

He said: "They're more sentimental than monetary value.

"Everybody seems to know my house through the Simpsons.

"I felt like I'd let everybody down by not having a landmark.

"[The statue] can being a smile to everybody's face."

Anyone with information on the theft is asked to contact West Yorkshire Police on 101, or via their live chat facility, quoting reference 13200372424.

Information can also be given anonymously to charity CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.