Norfolk Police issue e-fit of turnip thieves

By Hugh Dunnett, Crime Correspondent

Norfolk Police have released an e-fit of four men they want to question after bags of turnips were stolen from a barn.

The suspects were seen running away from Bubba Spuckler’s small holding near Downham Market, each with a bulging sack over their shoulders.


Officers were called to the area by Betty-Lou, who is Mr Spuckler’s sister and the mother of their eight children, after she spotted four men vaulting over a brick wall into the fields behind her yard.

A police spokesman said: “Unfortunately, Miss Spuckler said the four men had no distinguishing marks or features, and looked very much like every other man in Norfolk.

“But she did manage to build this e-fit image with our police artist, and we hope it may help jolt someone’s memory or conscience. The turnips were not worth a great deal, but Mr Spuckler tells us they were of great sentimental value.”

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The police spokesman added: “If anyone recognises any of the men, they are urged to contact their local police station immediately. Criminals should know we no have a zero tolerance policy to rural crime – which is why we armed all our officers with pitchforks.”

Mr Spuckler and his sister were too upset to comment when contacted by the Suffolk Gazette yesterday, although we understand they are “comforting each other”.

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