A woman has been left ‘heartbroken’ after thieves stole her life-size model of a goat which she had received as a wedding present. Annie Anthony-Mays, 58, said she has been unable to sleep at night ever since ‘Billy’ was stolen from her allotment in Ecclesall, Sheffield.
Annie said the model goat was given as a present from friends when she married husband Tony in June 2007. Annie, of Ecclesall, said: “I am so upset. Ever since it was stolen I haven’t been able to sleep at night. It was a wedding present and it means a lot to me. I’m heartbroken, to be honest. I really love Billy.
“I just can’t understand why anybody would steal something like this. It’s not worth any money, but does have great sentimental value to me. I’m worried that it will be completely ruined if I ever see it again.” Annie noticed the theft when she arrived to do work on her allotment last Sunday afternoon.
She said thieves stole a wheelbarrow in order to take the goat, as well as a range of gardening equipment. “I just want Billy returned safely,” said Annie. “He’s been a part of my life for nine years now and I have taken him with me with every house move and so on. I have been running around the area looking for him, in case it has been dumped somewhere, but I have had no joy. I hope he turns up.”