Brazen theft of Darwen street flower tray

DISMAYED Coun Roy Davies with one of the floral displays

DISMAYED Coun Roy Davies with one of the floral displays

First published in News Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

ONE of 22 flower trays installed around the Sudell area of Darwen, with the help of local schoolchildren, was stolen last weekend.

Coun Roy Davies, who secured £1,200 to put up the trays to brighten up the ward, was dismayed when he saw a man walking down the street carrying one of them.

The trays, given to householders between Marsh Terrace and Tythebarn Street who wanted one, were funded by grants from Twin Valley Homes and the neighbourhood board.

Coun Davies said: “I was driving back from Blackburn at 4.20pm on Saturday when I went past a man carrying a flower tray at the bottom of Winterton Road. I thought it looked suspiciously like one of the ones I put up in the ward.

“I turned the car round and found one was missing from the Industry Street area.”

Coun Davies said the man, who was was 5’4” tall, with a white beard and wearing waterproofs, had dumped all the soil out and just taken the tray.

Coun Davies said: “I know it’s not the crime of the century, but they cost £1,200 all together, and we had kids from Sudell Primary School planting them.

“Some of them look really nice. For someone to come along and say, ‘Oh, I’m having that’, is just ridiculous.

“They are taking something away from the people of Sudell ward.”

Coun Davies has contacted police.

Town council mayor and Sudell councillor Eileen Entwistle said: “Nothing is sacred any more. It is horrible. I don’t know how you stop it. At one time you could leave your doors open and leave stuff outside, but not any more.”

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12:44pm Tue 3 Jul 12

commonsenseplease says...

£1200 for a few flower baskets? Given to those who wanted one??!! Are you serious what a waste of money. If you want flowers outside your house buy them yourself! What a waste in such touch times where that money could have been put to much better use!
£1200 for a few flower baskets? Given to those who wanted one??!! Are you serious what a waste of money. If you want flowers outside your house buy them yourself! What a waste in such touch times where that money could have been put to much better use! commonsenseplease
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2:31pm Tue 3 Jul 12

RUinsane says...

Looks like hale and pace are on the case.
Looks like hale and pace are on the case. RUinsane
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3:47pm Tue 3 Jul 12

Angusam says...

What a cheapskate to steal one because he couldn't be bothered buying one, you could get them off any market for a few pounds.

He will probably grow dandelions in it. Keep trying to improve things Roy unfortunately there is always one who tries to ruin it for others but don't let it get your fantastic community spirit down.
What a cheapskate to steal one because he couldn't be bothered buying one, you could get them off any market for a few pounds. He will probably grow dandelions in it. Keep trying to improve things Roy unfortunately there is always one who tries to ruin it for others but don't let it get your fantastic community spirit down. Angusam
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5:28pm Tue 3 Jul 12

THG says...

commonsenseplease wrote:
£1200 for a few flower baskets? Given to those who wanted one??!! Are you serious what a waste of money. If you want flowers outside your house buy them yourself! What a waste in such touch times where that money could have been put to much better use!
Totally agree. When you think that people are struggling to keep their heads above water and this is reported. About the flower theft yes it is bad this sort of thing happens but lets be honest what did you expect?
[quote][p][bold]commonsenseplease[/bold] wrote: £1200 for a few flower baskets? Given to those who wanted one??!! Are you serious what a waste of money. If you want flowers outside your house buy them yourself! What a waste in such touch times where that money could have been put to much better use![/p][/quote]Totally agree. When you think that people are struggling to keep their heads above water and this is reported. About the flower theft yes it is bad this sort of thing happens but lets be honest what did you expect? THG
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7:54pm Tue 3 Jul 12

l m h jones says...

wonder if its the same person who stole plants from a display that local children worked hard to make to mark the jubilee in the bank top area of Blackburn? wonder if the person who stole this would like to think about the upset he has caused..no didn't think so.
wonder if its the same person who stole plants from a display that local children worked hard to make to mark the jubilee in the bank top area of Blackburn? wonder if the person who stole this would like to think about the upset he has caused..no didn't think so. l m h jones
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8:36am Fri 6 Jul 12

Happychappy65 says...

£1200 should have got more than 22 baskets. Who on earth pays over £50 for a single hanging basket. If this is how the council spends , no wonder council tax is so high
£1200 should have got more than 22 baskets. Who on earth pays over £50 for a single hanging basket. If this is how the council spends , no wonder council tax is so high Happychappy65
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