Suffolk's wallaby goes underground

TUDDENHAM'S most-wanted resident is today proving harder to track down than his new neighbours first thought.Villagers have been left disappointed at the lack of wallaby spottings over the past few days – although the hype surrounding the mysterious marsupial has far from settled.

TUDDENHAM'S most-wanted resident is today proving harder to track down than his new neighbours first thought.

Villagers have been left disappointed at the lack of wallaby spottings over the past few days - although the hype surrounding the mysterious marsupial has far from settled.

Food is being left out in an attempt to attract the elusive creature to come out of hiding.

And the landlord from The Fountain pub says the story is still hot on everyone's lips.

Charles Rogers, 23, said: "Everyone's talking about it still.

"I saw it in the pub garden two weeks ago and although I haven't seen it personally since, people have come into the pub to say they have.

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"We are certainly still on the look out and are leaving food out like we did before.

"The majority of people are pleased about the sightings and want to see it.

"Some people don't believe it but I've seen it with my own eyes so I've no doubt.

"I hope it does come back to prove the sceptics wrong."

The wallaby was first spotted by cyclist Nick Beagley, of Pettistree, who caught a glimpse of the celebrity-animal on Tuddenham Road early in September.

It was seen by Mr Rogers and landlady Katie Bicknell on September 27th and 28th, and again by Mr Roger's father Mike, from Grundisburgh, in a field beside Tuddenham Road.

The Evening Star reported last week how motorist Alex Goodfellow, from Southend, claimed to have seen it on the A14 at Nacton - sparking rumours the marsupial had left Tuddenham for good.

But an anonymous resident had previously contacted us saying they knew for certain the wallaby had been recaptured.

Part-time wallaby detective-cum-Evening Star reporter Grant Sherlock has failed to track it down - but customers at the pub continue to report sightings to Mr Rogers.

Have you spotted the wallaby? Or maybe you are one of the sceptics who thinks there is no wallaby. Tell us what you think by writing to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send us an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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