A custom-made table which was taken from the front of an Oakley house has been returned.
Melody Cooper approached the Diss Express last week after the table – constructed from an old sewing machine used for selling tomato plants – was taken from outside her home earlier this month.
But after the story appeared online, it was returned in a matter of days.
Mrs Cooper said it was “lovely” the table was returned – and put it down to “over-zealous recyclers” rather than thieves maliciously taking it.
The incident had not been reported to the police.
“My husband said ‘I think you better go and have a look around front’ and I thought something else had gone but it seemed to have reappeared over night,” she told the Diss Express.
There was no note or a knock on the door – it had just reappearedMelody Cooper
“Someone had even made the effort to get it over the gate and it is heavy.
“I don’t know if someone had a change of heart of whether someone else rescued it.
“There was no note or a knock on the door – it had just reappeared.”
The table will not be reappearing outside her home again – not because of a fear of being stolen or going missing again – but, because of its sentimental value, to be used to grow new herbs in her polytunnel.
Regular customers of Mrs Cooper should not panic though – her brother, George Norman, who runs an antiques shop and designed the custom table, has provided a new table to allow her to sell tomatoes in Oakley once again.