Thieves steal plants all set for Fleetwood’s Memorial Park cenotaph

Les and Ella Fletcher with the remaining primulas after thieves stole the rest from Fleetwood Memorial Park.

Les and Ella Fletcher with the remaining primulas after thieves stole the rest from Fleetwood Memorial Park.

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Thieves struck at Fleetwood’s Memorial Park and stole 65 potted plants which were earmarked for the park’s cenotaph.

Members of the Friends of the Memorial Park had bought 90 plants and had spent weeks tending them, ready to be planted in December so they could provide some cheering colour over the winter.

But the thieves pounced last Thursday night, stealing the plants from inside a plastic “poly tunnel” greenhouse within a fenced off area.

Les Fletcher, chairman of the Friends group, said: “I was livid when I discovered them missing on Friday. They deliberately targeted the primulas because nothing else was stolen.

“Just 25 of them were left, presumably because they couldn’t carry them all away. It is a very selfish act because these plants were for the people of Fleetwood.

“We were going to put some of them in the cenotaph and distribute the rest of them around the park, for everyone to enjoy over winter. You provide things in the park and people still steal things.”

Les’ wife Ella, also a member of the Friends, did much of the planting and said: “It’s so disappointing after all that effort.”

Fleetwood Police have been informed of the theft and Les added: “We need the fencing around the planting area to have a sloping top to keep these people out.”

It is not the first time efforts to improve the park, subject of a £2.4m upgrade, have been undermined.

In July yobs snapped a young tree planted in honour of the town’s war heroes.