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Gnomes return to haunt villagers
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The gnomes were left under a village sign
Residents in a Lincolnshire village have discovered a mysterious collection of garden gnomes - for the second time.

The four figurines appeared in a flowerbed of pansies underneath the village sign of Brattleby.

The discovery comes two years after gnomes were left in the front gardens of 14 homes in the village.

A year later some residents received an unsigned letter asking them to find a good home for the gnomes, but no-one has claimed responsibility.

Some of the statues have languished in people's garage and sheds for two years, while others are on display in people's gardens.

I don't like gnomes, and this is not a gnome sort of village
Mike Spencer, council chairman

Parish council chairman councillor Mike Spencer, 61, said: "It is a bit of a mystery. It is such an odd thing to happen.

"I have even had some people accuse me but I can honestly say it is nothing to do with me at all.

"I don't like gnomes, and this is not a gnome sort of village - we are in a conservation area.

"Who it is remains a mystery, but I suppose it does create a bit of fun each year."

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