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Dafydd village sign theft foiled
Llanddewi-Brefi road sign
Almost the only sign in the village of Llanddewi-Brefi
Two men have been arrested and cautioned after trying to steal a road sign from a village immortalised in BBC comedy series Little Britain.

The pair, who had travelled from the north-east of England, were caught by police trying to remove a sign from Llanddewi-Brefi, in mid Wales.

The village found fame as the home of Little Britain character Dafydd - the "only gay in the village".

The men admitted the offence and were cautioned, Dyfed-Powys Police said.

It is not the first time Llanddewi-Brefi's signs have been targeted by souvenir hunters.

Last year, village signs were offered for sale on an internet auction site after being stolen from the roadside.

Matt Lucas as Dafydd
Matt Lucas as Dafydd Thomas, the 'only gay in the village'

The Little Britain sketch which has brought fame to Llanddewi-Brefi sees Dafydd expecting to be outraged by home town homophobia, only to be even more upset by villagers completely at ease with homosexuality.

The latest incident involving the Llanddewi-Brefi signs saw the two would-be raiders caught after a 62-year-old local man noted something suspicious at the edge of the village on 27 December.

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokeswoman said: "The vehicle's bonnet was up and the two male occupants were seen by the local man to be trying to remove the sign by unscrewing the nuts securing the sign.

"The car bonnet was up to mask their behaviour to give the impression that the car had broken down."

Officers from nearby Lampeter were contacted and they arrested the pair for attempted theft as they drove off.

When interviewed, the men admitted the offence and received a police caution.

Police said they hoped the episode would serve as "a warning to those who come to steal signs, that they just might get caught".

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