A MYSTERY was surrounding a North Devon village on Sunday after a number of families woke up to find a garden gnome sitting on their doorstep.
It is thought 17 gnomes have now been delivered around Buckland Brewer, near Bideford, along with a personalised note addressed to each family member – but the delivery only happens in the middle of the night.
No one yet knows who might be responsible. The only clue is a Facebook page called NaughtyGnomes Buckland Brewer.
Some people have said that, because whoever is delivering the gnomes knows the names of the children, it might be someone who works at the village primary school.
Laura O'Dell, who runs the quirky sweet shop The Sweet Window in the village, was one of the first to receive a gnome on Sunday.
She said: "It was such a surprise. At first I thought it might be for me because people do leave presents for sweets but then there was a lot of talk on Facebook and it seemed we weren't the only ones.
"It was addressed to me, my husband and two children. It is just funny really, and really nice."
Another person to find a gnome on their doorstep on Sunday was Paula Hunter, who only moved to the village with her family six months ago.
She said: "It is quite a mystery. No one seems to know who it is but it could be someone from the school.
"I think the note just said please look after me.
"We have put the gnome in the conservatory. The children have really enjoyed it."
It doesn't look like the gnome deliveries are going to stop either.
Whoever is behind the NaughtyGnome Facebook page posted the following message on the page on Tuesday:
"To all you lovely people of Buckland Brewer.
"These past couple days have been so much fun.
"Us naughty gnomes set out to put a smile on your faces and it looks like it's working.
"If you haven't received one of our brothers, it doesn't mean you won't.
"We have so much fun planned and these past few days are just the beginning."
Do you know who is behind the gnome mystery? If you do contact the Journal on 01271 347441 or e-mail pjenkins @northdevonjournal.co.uk