Planters installed by volunteers go missing from town centre within days

Planters installed by volunteers in Stamford town centre have been stolen within days.

Thursday, 1st April 2021, 10:22 am
Before and after - the two smaller planters were taken within a day of volunteers with Stamford In Bloom placing them in town. The larger one went on Tuesday. EMN-210331-123742001

Eight volunteers with Stamford in Bloom carefully planted up a display on Stamford Walk on Sunday afternoon.

The two smallest pots went missing the same afternoon, while a larger one was taken on Tuesday - and would have needed transport to take it away.

Stamford in Bloom members are saddened by the incidents that have so quickly undone their good work, with theft and vandalism becoming an increasing costly hazard for their work around the town, becoming a drain on their donated time and finances.

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In Bloom supporter Sarah Cauwood commented on the group’s Facebook page on Monday: “Yesterday I helped plant these pots for Stamford in Bloom, today in broad daylight someone has taken the two small ones. If you were in town today after 11.30am before 5pm did you see somebody moving them? We want our pots back please!”

Insp Gary Stewart of Stamford police said: “This is a disgraceful crime. People have taken time and effort to make the town look nicer by creating these displays and some idiot has stolen them.

“Witnesses should contact Sgt Steve Davidson by phoning Lincolnshire Police on 101.”

People can also contact Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555111 or by visiting the Crimestoppers website.