GIANT pumpkin thieves tried to steal a mum’s mammoth veg before she managed to scare them off in her dressing gown.
Kate Latimer rushed to save the 12½st (80kg) whopper after spotting two men on her driveway as she got ready for bed.
O thieves were hauling the pumpkin — the weight of a baby elephant — to a pick up truck but scarpered when Kate went outside.
Kate, 38, contado O sol: “I was running in my dressing gown with a broom in my hand, there was no way I was going to let them run off with my pumpkin.
I was shouting ‘stop stealing my stuff’.”
Kate says her giant gourd — which is almost two feet tall — is the biggest she has ever grown.
Thieves struck at her roadside flower stall at 9pm on Thursday last week at her home in Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, and were detected by her doorbell camera.
The men fled when confronted by Kate on her driveway, leaving the pumpkin in the middle of the road.
Kate has now put it in her back garden. Ela disse: “We’ve only managed to move it once using a tow rope, so to steal it is no mean feat.
“It’s the biggest pumpkin I’ve grown by a long shot and I’m going to make sure nobody steals it.”
Britain’s largest pumpkin grew to 189 st 10 lb — 1.2 tons — this month in Lymington, Hampshire. The average pumpkin weighs around 9 lb.