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Last Updated: Saturday, 19 February, 2005, 11:29 GMT
Llanddewi-Brefi signs 'for sale'
'Daffyd' leans on the Llanddewi-Brefi sign
Three road signs have been stolen then advertised on the internet
Village road signs stolen by fans of cult comedy show Little Britain have been advertised on the internet auction site eBay, police have confirmed.

The Dyfed-Powys force said the Llanddewi-Brefi signs were displayed at the beginning of January. Three road signs disappeared before Christmas.

The village is home to the fictitious Daffyd, the "only gay in the village".

Officers are working with the online auction site's own investigators to track down whoever placed the advert.

Fans of the hit BBC show have descended on the Ceredigion village in droves to be photographed next to its road signs.

I know the highways inspector for the area is worried about the signs being stolen again
Councillor Dai Evans

But some have taken their desire for a souvenir too far and, in December, police said they were investigating the theft of three signs.

One sign was cast iron and dated from the 1950s or '60s, while two others were more modern versions.

Locals in Llanddewi said the older sign went missing several months ago, with the other two disappearing before Christmas.

The police investigation is continuing. A spokeswoman for eBay said if site's administrators discovered illegal items were being traded then they removed the listing immediately.

However, real Little Britain fans may soon be offered a way of buying a genuine piece of Llanddewi-Brefi memorabilia, while also helping a good cause.

Tsunami aid

Little Britain stars Matt Lucas and David Walliams are to autograph a replacement village road sign so it can be auction in aid of the tsunami appeal.

Llanddewi councillor and chairman of Ceredigion County Council Dai Evans said a civic reception would be held in Llanddewi-Brefi when the new signs arrived and hoped problems involving their security could be resolved.

He said: "I think the county council is responsible for their security. I know the highways inspector for the area is worried about the signs being stolen again."




SEE ALSO:
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