Knitted and crocheted squares, used as pieces of street art known as yarn bombing, have been stolen from Chesterfield town centre.
The squares had been used to decorate trees, bollards, poles, lampposts, park benches and fences in Market Place as part of the town’s annual Market Festival, running this week.
They were stolen from trees outside Dents Chemist, the former post office building in New Square, and the Market Hall.
Coun Amanda Serjeant, Chesterfield 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 Chesterfield Market Festival and I can readily understand the disappointment now they have 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 festival.”
Anyone with information should call Chesterfield Council on 01246 345 345 or Derbyshire Police on 101.