Theft of jubilee plants ‘disgrace’

Sandal Community Association's gardening club are angry at the theft of Photinia and Laurel plants, that were planted under a local Chestnut tree to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.'L to R) Marjorie Wilde, Delma Stimpson, Gail Stephenson, Cllr Monica Graham.'w8285b213
Sandal Community Association's gardening club are angry at the theft of Photinia and Laurel plants, that were planted under a local Chestnut tree to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.'L to R) Marjorie Wilde, Delma Stimpson, Gail Stephenson, Cllr Monica Graham.'w8285b213
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A COMMUNITY group has spoken of its shock after flowers planted in preparation for the Queen’s diamond jubilee were stolen.

Sandal Gardening Club planted several new shrubs and flowers around the village less than a fortnight ago.

But they were horrified to discover someone had stolen two of the new plants from underneath a chestnut tree on Walton Lane last weekend.

Gail Stephenson, chairman of Sandal Community Association, said: “Whoever has done it has taken the whole plant – presumably to replant somewhere else.

“Before the area was overgrown with weeds, the shrubs were put in as a permanent feature. We hoped they would come up year after year – it was a big investment.”

The gardening club was given £800 from the community chest grants scheme to help fund the new shrubs and flowers.

And the theft has angered councillors who distribute the funding.

Coun Monica Graham said: “It is a disgrace. It’s such a shame when volunteers from community groups work so hard to improve and enhance the area and then people come along and steal the plants.”

The two shrubs that were taken were a photinia and a laurel.

Insp Richard Clare, of the Rural neighbourhood police team (NPT) appealed for help from the community to track down the culprit.

He said: “It is not just a simple theft.

“It is all the hard work that has been put in place to get the funding for the plant and the impact on the community itself.

“This was an extremely selfish thing to do and I would urge anyone who knows who is responsible for this to get in touch with us.”

Anyone with information should contact the NPT on 101.