We get the low-down from locals on the funniest crimes in the area. Turns out, we’re a bunch of jokers and gnome-hoarders.

While Nottingham has long been noted as a crime hotspot with some of the highest rates in the country, not all of the crimes that happen in the city and surrounding are are as scary as you might think.

“The Gotham village sign gets stolen all the time”, says Hannah Leslie, 23. Gotham shares its name with Batman’s home city so it’s easy to see why it’s such a popular crime. The unfortunate coincidence has led to the village sign being stolen three times in four years.

Although some say it infuriates them, the police investigating the incident couldn’t help but see the funny side and shared this tweet after recovering the sign in 2015.

Loughborough police were proud to recover the sign which was allegedly stolen by Batman enthusiast. Pic: Twitter
Loughborough police were proud to recover the sign which was allegedly stolen by Batman enthusiasts. Pic: Twitter

The quiet village of Attenborough has also seen its fair share of crime. Helen Graham, 26, who used to work at the nature reserve there, says:

“A few years ago, two men tried to steal our cafe’s safe in a tiny boat, only to end up sinking and calling the rescue team to save them.”

Attenborough Nature Reserve's floating cafe, where thieves were foiled when their boat broke.
Attenborough Nature Reserve’s floating cafe, where thieves were foiled when their boat broke. Pic: kenspastimes.co.uk

Finally, Ilkeston’s Gnome Island has been the topic of national headlines, after its gnomes, who even have their own Twitter and Facebook accounts, went missing.

A petition signed by 512 concerned citizens led to the Ilkeston roundabout being officially named ‘Gnome Island’, with many locals donating their own gnomes to live there.

Local councillors voted and agreed to put Gnome Island on the map. Yet unfortunately, within weeks, the gnomes were away with the fairies.

We hope the gnomes are happy, wherever they may be. Pic: Lewis Clarke
We hope the gnomes are happy, wherever they may be. Pic: Lewis Clarke

This led to an appeal from locals, including one lady, who called herself Snow White, for the gnomes to be returned home.

Nottingham may have a bad-boy reputation, attracting unattractive nicknames like “Shottingham” and “Nottingun” but it’s quirky side still shines through, even in its crimes.

Despite everything, locals and authorities alike are proud to be from the same city as legends such Robin Hood and the Batman movies.