Thieves steal Jubilee trees

Profile image for CarlyBaldwin

By CarlyBaldwin | Friday, February 24, 2012, 10:47

Over 150 trees planted in Leek to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee have been stolen - less than 36 hours after local volunteers helped plant the saplings.

Police have now stepped up patrols in their effort to find those responsible for taking the trees from Pickwood Recreation Ground and Brough Park.

Police believe the thieves struck overnight on Monday, after 34 volunteers had helped plant the saplings, which were awarded to Leek Town Council as part of a community project.

Councillor John Fisher, who helped organise the project, told the Sentinel: "It was really good to see families out there with their children taking a real interest."

"Everyone worked really hard and it is with great sadness that within 36 hours, the saplings had all gone from Pickwood," he continued. "Fortunately they are still in tact at Brough Park. It is not vandalism, it's theft."

A police spokesman has confirmed that they believe the theft to be organised crime, and that those responsible may try to sell the trees on.

"Anyone who is offered saplings under suspicious circumstances is asked to report it immediately," he said.

Anyone with any information is urged to call the police on 101.

 

Tweet this article
      

Comments

       
max 4000 characters
        
   

Latest Stories in Leek

       
      

Local Vouchers

       
  • EASTER BANANZA SALE ! ! ! ! !

    Royal Oak Furnishers Ltd

    EASTER SALE!.... starts Easter bank holiday weekend.
    Please come down and see our one only special offers, up to 50% discount on selected suites.

    Terms: ****Selected models please ask sales staff for full details.

    Contact: 01782 940149

    Valid until: Friday, April 25 2014

     
  • LOOKING TO EXTEND YOUR HOME? Contact us for a FREE consultation

    JPK Design Ltd

    If you're looking to extend or alter your home, you will need professional advice to help steer you through the planning process and give design advice to add value to your home with a 'WOW' factor

    Terms: Call us or see our website for more details - www.jpkdesign.co.uk

    Contact: 01782 917876

    Valid until: Wednesday, April 30 2014

     
   

Search for...

       
        
Min price is bigger than Max price
        
Min price is bigger than Max price
        
Min rent is bigger than Max rent