Thieves steal hoard of festive trees

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AROUND 100 Christmas trees were stolen in a raid on a garden centre.

Gareth Lloyd, who owns Daisy Bank Garden Centre, Cleveleys, said thieves had broken into the centre and stolen more than half his stock of festive ferns – 97 trees worth £2,700.

He said they had also taken some stone ornaments from the centre on Victoria Road West on December 1.

They broken in by cutting a padlock securing the gate between 7.30pm and 11pm.

Mr Lloyd, of Pennine Way, Stalmine, said: “That’s the cheek of it – it wasn’t even in the dead of night.

“The sale of those trees was going to pay for Christmas, now someone else is going to have a good Christmas at my expense.”

Mr Lloyd, 27, said he had spent the last two weeks turning customers away as he was unable to sell them large Christmas trees.

He added: “They took all my big trees, leaving me with small and medium-sized ones, which aren’t big enough for most people.

“I had only just taken delivery of them so they were still netted. It just happens that they were the most expensive trees I had.

“My head was spinning when I first saw how much had been taken, it just hit me how much was gone.”

Mr Lloyd said he was contacted by a friend who was driving past the garden centre and noticed the gates were open.

Police are looking into the theft of the trees and are reviewing CCTV footage.

Anyone who saw anything, or with information about the trees, is asked to call police on 101.

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