Nationwide search for stolen mascots

Three of the most beloved football mascots in the country have been stolen, prompting a nationwide search for their safe return.

Manchester United’s Fred the Red, Chelsea’s Stamford the Lion and Newcastle’s Monty the Magpie have not been seen or heard since the October 5.

Eye-witnesses have linked all three disappearances to suspects wearing green tracksuits and masks driving a white transit van. The only clue to their return is an online ransom note at www.getyourmascotback.com

Monty the Magpie was last seen wearing the Toon’s ‘black and white’ home kit at a bus stop chasing something shiny when he was bundled into a white van.  

According to Newcastle defender, Steven Taylor: "Magpies fans we need your help - Monty the Magpie has been stolen and is being held to ransom. We can't play without him!"

Fred the Red was last seen leaving a Fish & Chips shop when he was abducted and dragged into a white transit van.  The van was later found abandoned at the end of a road.

Stamford the Lion was last seen outside Stamford Bridge signing autographs with fans. He is approximately 6’5”, with a long tail and cat like features with a large mane. He was last seen wearing the Chelsea home kit.