A creative Berkhamsted mum was shocked when her Harry Potter-themed carved pumpkins were stolen from her doorstep.
Jo Bassil, who lives in Ringshall, put nine pumpkins with Harry Potter characters carved on them on the rockery out on her front drive during the week leading up to Halloween.
Then, on Wednesday, October 27, in broad daylight, two of the pumpkins were stolen by a “heartless” passer-by.
Jo, who spent hours carving the pumpkins for her daughters, said: “I was in the house when it happened, but only saw the car speeding off.
“I would like the person who stole them to know that they have made two little girls very upset and that if they had just knocked on the door and asked about them, I would have gladly given them one.”
Jo used stencils, which you can buy online and print off, to complete the carvings.
“My little brother showed me how to pick the skin of the pumpkin to leave a thin layer so that the design stands out more, and I have been doing it this way ever since,” she explained.
While Jo was disappointed by the theft, she said her “faith in humanity was restored” by Waitrose Berkhamsted manager, Mathew Clout, who replaced the pumpkins so she could re-carve them for her girls.