Sheffield family business offers cash reward after thieves steal beloved golden goose mascot

A Sheffield business is offering a cash reward for the ‘safe return’ of its owner’s beloved golden goose.

By Steve Jones
Tuesday, 11th February 2020, 2:36 pm
Updated Tuesday, 11th February 2020, 3:44 pm

Staff at Arthurs Skip Hire, based in Neepsend, say they will pay £150 to anyone who can help them retrieve the businesses’ mascot, which stood proud above the firm’s gates for more than 10 years before it was stolen last week.

Darrell Guy from the business told The Star the goose is owner Arthur’s “pride and joy.”

He said: “It’s Arthur whose goose it was and it’s followed him around as we’ve moved sites. He’s a little bit wounded.

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The golden goose before it was stolen.

“To quite a few people it was associated with the business. It was involved in the Pokemon craze where they were searching for things in the city.”

Arthur, 73, founded the business with his son James, 42, in 1993. Although now semi-retired, he still works at the company as a director alongside his wife, Barbara, and James.

He put the mascot up himself and has taken it with him to three different sites the firm has called home in the Neepsend area.

“I think it’s more of a valuable possession to us rather than having monetary value,” Darrel said.

The golden goose before it was stolen.

“It feels like we’re dealing with a hostage. It’s very sentimental to Arthur and it’s something we would like returning.

He added: “I’m not quite sure why someone would want to steal it.

“We’re a family-run business and it’s brought us good luck over the years. We would like it’s safe return.”