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Border raiders steal plants from Enfield park

Published Thursday, 28 June 2012

Enfield Council is appealing for witnesses after brazen thieves stole roses and bedding plants worth £460 from a park.

The raid on Durants Park in Hertford Road, Enfield, came to light when park staff came to work on Monday morning and found that thieves had stripped more than 270 flowers including 30 rose bushes, geraniums, marguerites and cannas in an operation which the Council believes would have taken an hour and required a van to remove the plants.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Chris Bond, said: "These criminals who stole the flowers should buy them from the borough's shops and help the local economy rather than steal from the public purse. The value of the flowers stolen is £460 and any help residents can give us to stop this from happening again would be appreciated."

"We are the greenest borough in London and have many beautiful parks which we work very hard to maintain. We simply cannot afford to keep replacing plants which are being stolen by low lives and as a result everyone suffers.

"I'd urge anyone with any information about this thoughtless and selfish crime to contact the police."

Enfield Council is currently deciding whether or not to replace the stolen flowers.

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