RUNAWAY; EXCLUSIVE 'Stolen' mascot: Blues 'drove me to drink'.
THE strange case of Birmingham City's disappearing mascot took a new twist today - when Beau Brummie himself came forward to explain why he went walkies.
The popular bulldog revealed that far from being held in ruff conditions by a prankster who pinched his mask, he was enjoying a new leash of life.
And he asked friends to contact the Birmingham Mail and issue a ransomstyle note that would guarantee his return to St Andrew's.
In true cloak and dagger fashion, our man at the Blues Colin Tattum was instructed to rendezvous with a go between in a pub car park just off the A45 Coventry Road, in Sheldon.
A shadowy figure, who refused to give his name, said Beau was in good health and 'being kept in Pedigree Chum'.
He handed over photos of Beau working behind a Chelmsley Wood bar, taking driving lessons and generally living like a pampered pooch.
The go-between said: "Beau's just taking a few days out because he's a bit dog tired.
"He asked us to pass on the letter because he's got a few things he feels he has to say - or rather bark."
In the note, Beau said he left of his own free will after 'another dog standard performance against Cardiff City on Saturday'.
He said he had a couple of demands before he returned, including the club 'spending some serious money on some serious players'.
And he urged fans to give paws for thought and stop moaning and start backing the team, who are third in the Championship.
He wrote: "I'd like to ask the fans to start getting behind the team because the negativity starts to rub off on the players.
"We've never been a really great side have we, let's face it. So let's all stop the moaning and get behind the team and bring the fun times back."
The Beau Brummie character dates back to the 60s when cartoons of a similar dog to Beau feature in club programmes.
He attends all home games and represents Blues at children's and community events.
A spokesperson for Blues said: "All that we want to see is the safe return of Beau Brummie to St Andrew's."
Blues Mascot Beau working behind a bar and driving a car and right, the 'demanding' letter from Beau Brummie.