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Craft work displayed on a Market Street bench during the recent successful YarnBombing festival is thought to have been stolen by thieves.

Westhoughton councillor David Wilkinson has asked for the town’s CCTV cameras to be looked at to see whether they offer any clues.

He said: “It is a bloody disgrace that people make a fantastic effort to do something for the town and a few mindless idiots spoil it.”

It is understood that it is unlikely that the CCTV had managed to capture the incident.

People who attended the two-day festival were left outraged by the apparent theft.

Resident James Partington, whose mother was involved in the festival, said: “My mum made loads of things and helped put some yarn and bunting up on Friday afternoon. I wouldn’t mind but these lovely people donate them to charity.”

Several people pointed to drinkers who had visited some of the town centre pubs that night.

In a Facebook post, The Wheatsheaf pub responded to the claims: “We fully support the local community and completely condone the actions that these people have taken. We have CCTV on the front of the building so may have caught some of it. We will certainly look at this and hand any footage over to the police willingly.

“Obviously it would be better if the people involved could have the guts to apologise and return the items.”

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