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By Euan Maxwell
Dumfries and West
A lost Claus - part two

HUNDREDS of pounds has been raised for charity in an attempt to help return a Dumfries pub’s beloved Santa.

N’Dulge posted an appeal on social media to help find the Christmas decoration which was stolen on Saturday morning.

They posted pictures and a CCTV video of the incident on their social media, which shows a person in a green coat running out of the building with the Santa over their shoulder.

The pub then asked if anyone could help get him back in the days running up to Christmas.

The post read: “In the early hours of Saturday morning, on December 18, someone stole our treasured Santa.

“The person responsible for this act is pictured [left] and we would like to get our Santa back. Can anyone contact us with any information on the person pictured?”

Only hours later, a page called ‘The Magical Kidnapping of N-Dulge Santa’ was created on Facebook with a picture of the golden Father Christmas wearing a humbug hat and a blindfold.

After some taunts of pictures of the Santa, the thief has agreed to return him but under the condition the pub raises £500 for charity.

And N’Dulge staff have duly responded, by setting up a fundraising page to raise money for Alzheimer Scotland.

Just 24 hours of the page being live, they have smashed their target with £510 raised . . . so Santa will be returned at 4 pm tomorrow, Christmas Eve.

But who is behind the kidnapping? Well, some people have commented it’s “an inside job” but even if that proves to be case; who cares as long as money has been raised for charity and Santa will be returned for Christmas?

You can still donate by visiting: www.gofundme.com/f/the-return-of-ndulges-santa

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