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Vandals destroy hundreds of plants

PUBLISHED: 09:58 16 April 2009 | UPDATED: 08:57 06 July 2010

Vandals have destroyed hundreds of plants being grown for summer displays across the Waveney district.

Vandals have destroyed hundreds of plants being grown for summer displays across the Waveney district.

Intruders targeted the Waveney District Council-owned nurseries in Monckton Avenue, Lowestoft, ripping out bedding plants and setting fire to the main potting shed and two greenhouses.

About 200 grown plants were destroyed and many seeds were also lost, meaning staff are now working hard to ensure colourful displays for places such as parks and roundabouts are not affected as the summer season approaches.

A council spokesman said: “We are grateful that nobody was hurt and extremely disappointed at the actions of those involved.

“As well as damaging the property, they have shown a blatant disregard for the hard work of the team at the nursery and have destroyed many of the plants they were preparing for the enjoyment of everybody this summer.

She added: “As the fire destroyed the potting shed, we lost a lot of seeds, which might delay future planting. These will be replaced.

“Police officers from CID and forensics have attended and investigations are ongoing. The nursery is continuing to operate during this time.”

The attack happened at about 2.15am on Friday and the council is still waiting for insurance representatives to make an estimate of the cost of the damage.

The main potting shed was burnt out and two greenhouses have been severely damaged.

t Anyone with information should contact Det Con Hogan at Lowestoft police station on 01986 835300 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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