MINDLESS thieves have stolen a banner from outside a pre-school.

Staff arrived at Bradfield’s Little Pumpkins in Heath Road on Friday morning to find the canvas sign hung at the front of the building to welcome people in and advertise classes had vanished.

Director Tracy Starling is bemused at the theft of such an obscure item, which also featured a brightly coloured pre-school logo containing a pumpkin, caterpillar and a butterfly.

“I could not believe it when I saw it was missing and have searched the field around the area and have even rooted around in the bins,” she said.