STAFF at a Darfield care home say they feel ‘deflated’ after thieves stole scarecrows which formed part of a Remembrance Day display.

Residents at Thornhill House and pupils from All Saints’ Academy Darfield joined together to make the scarecrows which sat outside the home.

However when activities co-ordinator for the home, Gail Rodway, arrived at the home on Tuesday, she said she was ‘crushed’ to discover that opportunistic thieves had taken all of the scarecrows.

“It may seem silly because they are made up of old clothes and straw but they represent a lot of hard work done by our residents and small school children,” she said. “I couldn’t believe that eight scarecrows had just gone overnight.

“I checked the local park and areas around the home to see if they had been moved but couldn’t find them.

“It wasn’t until a local resident said they had seen some people ripping up something that looked like a scarecrow in the park that I put two and two together.

“The residents really enjoyed making them and now it seems like their hard work means nothing to some people.

“I feel really deflated and it’s made me not want to organise any more outdoor displays.”