He might be a legendary giant but that didn’t stop sticky-fingered oiks from making a night-time grab and snatching Gwirl the Giant from a Gwynedd village near Barmouth. The Llwyngwril Yarn Bombers spent months knitting the effigy as a mascot for an upcoming sheepdog trial and county fair.

The theft has spooked locals who are now worried about putting out traditional displays in case they too are stolen.