A man is offering a £500 reward to catch thieves who stole the head from his Simon Cowell scarecrow. Alan Love put the scarecrow in his garden for an annual charity competition in Bothwell, Lanarkshire.
But his four-year-old daughter Mia was left in tears when thieves stole the head. Alan said: “Mia goes out with her mum to the garden every morning and every evening to check that the Simon Cowell scarecrow is OK. When we came home and discovered it was gone, Mia was really upset. She was in tears and everything. I’m not happy.”
Hundreds of local people make figures for the three-day Bothwell Scarecrow Festival and the event raises cash for Yorkhill children’s hospital in Glasgow. Alan has been scouring CCTV footage in a bid to catch the theives who stole Cowell’s head. He has even printed “wanted” posters asking for help to nail the yobs.
And as well as the £500 reward for catching the culprits, he says he will donate another £500 to charity if the head is returned safely. Alan, 43, added: “The whole idea of the scarecrows is for a bit of fun for the kids and to raise money for charity.” Police are looking into the theft, which happened last Wednesday.