Mystery 'Secret Santa' delights Kegworth villagers
A mysterious "Secret Santa" has been dotting presents around a village, leaving its residents delighted.
People living in Kegworth, Leicestershire, have been discovering festive gifts - usually with a note that calls it "random acts of kindness" - in the last two weeks.
One recipient, Katharine Deadman, found a wrapped Christmas pudding on a bench while walking with her dad and baby.
The 26-year-old said it has "definitely spread Christmas spirit".
Miss Deadman said: "It was the best surprise to find on our walk and we'd never seen anything like it in the village.
"Even if I'd not liked the gift, the whole idea still would have made my day. It's so thoughtful and selfless, two things that are not easy to come by."
She plans to leave her own parcel somewhere nearer to Christmas Day.
Other presents found over the past two weeks in the parks and streets of the village, estimated population 3,500, include shortbread and chocolates.
Lorrae Sunley found wrapped chocolates on a bench by the local chippy while out with her mum on her birthday.
She told the BBC: "I have no idea who the Secret Santa is but I think they've done something really nice and I think it's made a lot of people happy."
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Villagers have taken to the local Facebook page to share images of their finds.
Mum Emma Aldous found a gift wrapped up on the school run with her four-year-old son Douglas.
She said: "He was so happy and excited. I have no idea who is leaving the gifts out, but just one tiny act of kindness made such a big difference to our day.
"My son now wants to wrap up one of his toys and leave it out for someone else to find. How lovely is that?"
Dozens said it has "brought joy" or "brightened their day" - although some did feel November was a bit early to start gift giving.
The identity of the "Secret Santa" is still unknown but the idea has started to spread via social media to other local communities.