December 10 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
A model monkey which went went walkabout has been reunited with his simian siblings at a Norwich pub.
The six-inch-tall figurine, called Nick, went missing from the Surrey Tavern last week - and his owner took to Twitter for help in solving the monkey puzzle.
The three models, depicting the wise monkeys who hear no evil, see no evil and speak no evil, were named after the pub’s three landlords: David, Nick and Dan Hubbard.
Following the disappearance, the landlords issued an emotional appeal for their pintsize pal’s return – a plea which was answered yesterday morning.
The handcarved monkey was discovered in the ladies’ toilets of the Surrey Street pub, hidden behind a vase, said David Hubbard.
“I was in there having a tidy up when I saw him by the sinks,” he said.
“It was a bit of a shock to see him there. He certainly wasn’t there the day before, so whoever helped themselves to him must have had a change of heart and brough him back.”
The three monkeys were a gift to the three brothers from their mother when they took over the pub last June.
After monkey Nick – the speak-no-evil model – went missing, word spread quickly from the pub’s Twitter account, with tweeters pledging to find him and return him home.
Unfortunately, the hear-no-evil and see-no-evil monkeys were unable to shed any light on the theft, having neither heard nor seen it.
Mr Hubbard, 35, said he thought the light-fingered punter had seen messages on the social networking site and felt a pang of guilt.
“We think we know who it is, but we have no hard evidence. We won’t be bringing any prosecutions, anyway.
“I think they probably just had a couple of drinks and thought it would be funny, and then changed their mind.”
He said he and his brothers were willing to forgive and forget.
“If they come in and admit to it, I’ll buy them a drink for their honesty,” he said.