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Fowey bread gifts leave town perplexed

People across the town have been sampling the gifts of bread

Residents of a Cornish seaside town have been left mystified by personal gifts of bread left on their doorsteps.

The self-named "Phantom Breadmaker" has been making repeat visits to some homes in Fowey.

When the local town crier first opened his door to the little loaves he was surprised by the personally-addressed parcel.

Having jokingly asked for a special order, he was stunned when on Thursday, it arrived.

'Lovely idea'

Town crier Michael Penprase said: "It was beautiful-looking bread. My wife put a notice in the window asking for a sliced loaf.

"Sure enough, this morning in a bag on the door handle were three sliced loaves of bread."

People across the town have been sampling the gifts, left with a note from The Phantom Bread Maker of Old Fowey Town pictured as a cloaked figure.

Some have their own theories about who the Phantom is, but no-one is letting on.

Boutique owner Belinda Weatherall said: "It could only happen in a place like Fowey.

"I think it's a lovely idea and I hope he never gets discovered."

Police in the town warned people not to eat the bread in case it was contaminated.

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