Jubille planter stolen from bridge

Members of Ottery in Bloom (OIB) were left heartbroken after their special Diamond Jubilee plants were stolen just days after they were put out for the town’s celebrations.

Police are now appealing for any information as to the whereabouts of the green planter taken from St Saviours Bridge.

Keith Spittlehouse says this is not the first time OIB’s floral displays on the bridge have been targeted, after they reported plants being dumped in the river last year.

Mr Spittlehouse said: “Regrettably things have got worse this year.

“Within a few days of the planted tubs being sited, and with Union Jack flags displayed in them for the Jubilee weekend two of the tubs have gone missing completely.

The OIB member said the planters, supplied by Otter Nurseries, are in bloom with red Geraniums, white begonias and blue petunias.

Mr Spittlehouse said they both had wires in their bases attached to the bridge which must have been cut in order to steal them.

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He added: “Ottery in Bloom had gone to great lengths to arrange for the planting in 2012 to be done before the town’s Jubilee activities, and were rightly proud of their efforts.

“Even now, despite the cold and wet June, the displays around the town add to the colourful flags and bunting and give a good feeling to townsfolk and visitors alike.”

Officer from Devon and Cornwall Police are asking for anybody with information about the green tubs or the plants mentioned above to contact them on 101 with crime reference number KO/12/276.

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