Warning to Nuncargate residents after garden thefts

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RESIDENTS in Nuncargate are warning people to be vigilant after plants were stolen from gardens in the area.

Michelle Richards was left devastated when thieves went onto her garden on 17th May and took a rose bush which she had bought when her grandmother died.

She said: “I was really devastated because it has sentimental value. I looked at it every day and thought about my grandma.”

Michelle had been out at work when the incident happened - and returned just after midnight to find the plant missing and soil strewn everywhere.

Michelle added: “They must have thrown them (the plants) because there was soil down at the bottom of the street - but we couldn’t find anything.

“It was annoying - you try and keep everything nice and they come and just rip them up.”

Thieves also took a monkey puzzle bush from a nearby neighbour’s garden - and now Michelle wants to warn other householders about what is happening.

She said: “I just want to make everyone aware.

“It’s all right round here and people are doing some lovely things in their garden. I had mine done a couple of years ago - I had got everything going lovely and then they just come and do that.

“It’s just annoying because they think they can just take it.”

Meanwhile, Ashfield North Inspector Andy Clarke said that by taking a few precautions, residents can stop thieves stealing from their gardens and sheds.

He said: “While we are keeping a close eye on known offenders, it is important that people who might be at risk of shed burglary help us to minimise that risk.

“They can do this by following our simple advice, being vigilant and reporting any suspicious activity in their area.

“This is about making sure people with sheds are aware that the valuable property they keep inside them is desirable to thieves.

“Power tools, lawn mowers and gardening equipment can be easily sold on by unscrupulous individuals. By working together, we can ensure fewer people suffer the distress and inconvenience of becoming a victim of burglary.”

Anyone with information about shed or garden burglaries should contact Nottinghamshire Police on 0300 300 99 99 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.