‘Frustration’ as thieves take plants

June Jackson

June Jackson

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Rural crime is a growing problem in Over Wyre,
according to a parish council chairman.

Coun June Jackson, who sits on Stalmine with Staynall Parish Council, has spoken out after the latest incident, which saw parts of a floral display vanish without a trace.

Police are investigating after two flower pots shaped like milk churns were taken from Carr End Lane, in Stalmine, last week.

Coun Jackson said: “It’s very annoying when you put something there for everyone to enjoy and some selfish person removes it.

“We had four of them filled with flowers as part of a display we put up last year.

“There were two large ones and two smaller ones, which have been stolen.

“It’s frustrating when the town clerk and I have applied for grants to get these things and it is just wasted.”

She said it was the latest incident in what was becoming a “crime spree” in the area. She said she thieves have targeted vehicles and fuel in recent months.

“Rural crime is getting to be a real problem,” she added. “We have had to install yard gates now – but sometimes they are cutting through locks.”

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: “Between August 8 and 14, over a number of days plants and containers have been taken from a road-side rural village horticultural display on Carr End Lane. The matter is still under investigation.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting crime number WD1503905.