VIDEO: Shrubs thief strikes again

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A vandal thought to be behind an annual theft spree is today being hunted by police.

Volunteers at Louie Horrocks Park, in South Shore, say newly planted shrubs have been stolen from the park for the fourth year in a row.

Barbara Hampson, secretary of Friends of Louie Horrocks Park, with one of the bedplants which have been stolen.

Barbara Hampson, secretary of Friends of Louie Horrocks Park, with one of the bedplants which have been stolen.

A member of the public reported the theft early on Sunday morning after allegedly seeing a tall woman with two husky dogs pulling the plants up.

The plants had been bought and cultivated by members of the Friends of Louie Horrocks Park group.

Its chairman, Pat Hawkins, said: “It happens every year when they’re put in.

“It’s just upsetting really, that’s the main thing, especially as we’d just done the planters.”

She added: “Everything we try we seem to get knocked back. It’s not a lot of money but that’s not the point.

“We’re hoping just to add a little bit of colour for our community there. It’s just the ‘dreaded plant person’ strikes again.”

In previous years when the vandal has struck, they have claimed when challenged that it was “their right” to take the plants.

Several plants were taken from the park, on Lytham Road, in this latest theft and CCTV footage is currently 
being studied by officers.

Mrs Hawkins said: “We’ve spoken to the police and that’s as far as it’s gone.

“They’re going to look at the camera and trying to spot this person.

“We feel it’s a person that’s been trying to target us for a while.”

A spokesperson for Lancashire Police added: “We had a report of a woman who was apparently pulling the plants up in the park.”

Anyone with information about the latest incident should call 101.