Thieves have stolen many of the ‘yarn bombs’ on display in Chesterfield town centre.
The knitted or crocheted squares of wool were produced by artist Charlotte Bolton and members of the public as part of the town’s Market Festival.
The colourful creations were stolen from trees outside Dents Chemist, the former Post Office building in New Square and outside the Market Hall in several incidents, the latest on Sunday night.
Charlotte, of Hasland, said she was disappointed with the news. “It wouldn’t be so bad if it was just my work, but other people had donated it,” she added.
Councillor Amanda Serjeant, Chesterfield Borough Council’s executive member for leisure, culture and tourism, said: “We had received thousands of squares of knitting or crochet from people as part of the yarn bombing of the Market Place during the Market Festival and I can readily understand the disappointment now that this has been stolen.
“I hope this doesn’t stop people from entering the yarn bombing competition or from joining in the great events we have planned as part of the Market Festival, which runs until Saturday.”
Anyone with information about the thefts should call the council on 01246 345345 or Derbyshire police on 101.