Stolen wreath returned in "Christmas miracle"

Bridgwater Mercury: BERN and Helen Stark with their returned wreath. BERN and Helen Stark with their returned wreath.

“A TRUE Christmas miracle” – that’s how one Bridgwater couple have described the mysterious return of a beloved Christmas wreath after it was stolen last week.

Helen and Bern Stark had bought the traditional decoration to spruce up their front door. Wanting to give the wreath the ‘wow’ factor, Bern set about improving it.

Helen said: “He took himself and the wreath up stairs and proceeded to spend the next three hours re-wiring it, using the thinnest of copper wire and LED lights.

“Once he had finished and it was on the door it looked beautiful.

“My husband was proud of himself and we went to bed happy.”

But next morning the couple came downstairs to discover to their horror that Bern’s carefully adapted decoration had been stolen.

The pair searched high and low, covering a 100-metre radius, but to no avail.

Helen said: “My husband was heart-broken … we could hardly believe someone could be so mean-hearted as to take someone's Christmas decorations.”

In a bid to retrieve their lost wreath, Bern created a ‘MISSING’ sign to stick to the couple’s front door.

Returning home just a few hours later, they couldn’t believe their eyes.

Helen said: “As we pulled up the house I could see something hanging on the door handle of the house.

“As we pulled closer, I realised that it was our wreath! No note, no explanation, just our wreath. Completely intact.

“We don’t know who took it or who brought it back, but we were so grateful that it was returned. A little Christmas miracle.”

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