Police are investigating the theft of 12 'bouncy castles' amid claims they were stolen as part of an illicit international trade in inflatable attractions.
The air-filled plastic structures commonly found at fairgrounds and children's parties belonged to party organiser Darren Latimer.
Mr Latimer, 31, said he believed professional thieves carried out the heist with a view to shipping the stolen goods abroad, and added it was a growing problem in the industry.
'It's an up and coming thing to have bouncy castles in places like Spain and South Africa,' he said. 'They don't have manufacturers there so it's more cost-effective to steal them and take them over.'
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