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Couple baffled by gnomes that keep popping up in their garden

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Christine Lock at her home with gnomes. (SWNS)

By Jake Meeus-Jones via SWNS

A couple left baffled by mystery GNOMES which keep randomly appearing in their garden said another turned up in the mail from France.

Christine and Stephen Lock say the bizarre ornaments started turning up in February 2021, without explanation.

Despite asking neighbors and posting an appeal on Facebook, the retirees - a mayor and mayoress - say they are still no closer to solving the peculiar puzzle.

And six - dancing, fishing and Pride gnomes - arrived in their front garden in South Molton, Devon, England, over 18 months.

They thought the influx was over - until one turned up in the mail, from a stranger without a note, just a return address for Paris, France, in September.

Christine Lock at her home with gnomes. (SWNS)
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The latest addition - the first to have been received in the mail - has a red hat and yellow apron and is carrying a flower box.

"We still haven't found out where they've come from, but we have received one from Paris," said Christine, 66.

"They seem to be being placed outside overnight, and I haven't got a clue who is doing it, not a clue.

"Everybody I've asked has denied it - family, friends, neighbors - it's very bizarre.

"It doesn't really make me feel uncomfortable. I don’t mind them if they put them in the garden."

After posting on Facebook in an attempt to find answers about the mystery of the gnomes, Christine said the gnomes continued to turn up sporadically ever since.

Christine Lock's gnomes at her home. (SWNS)

Christine confessed despite taking up room in her garden, the adorable miniature statues have grown on her.

The couple had only owned a tiny fishing gnome on a water feature in their garden prior to receiving the unwarranted presents.

"They are nice and look pretty, but I am worried I'll wake up one morning and the garden will be covered!," she said.

"When I received a circle of about six gnomes in the collection - about an inch and a half high - sitting around a fire, I thought it looked odd because they were so small.

"They looked lonely, so I did bought a little ornamental house for them in the shape of a cabbage to socialise in."

Christine wasted no time in placing her new French addition alongside the other gnomes in her front garden.

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