Resident finds stolen trees

The site as James found it on Sunday

The site as James found it on Sunday - Credit: Archant

A Sidmouth businessman has thanked social media users for tracking down two of his Christmas trees in less than a day after they were stolen.

James Trevett took to Facebook to offer a £200 reward for the return of the trees, which were taken in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The father-of-one, who is launching his first venture by selling Christmas trees outside the Bowd Inn, said he was surprised when he saw his post was shared 287 times and seen by more than 22,000 people. He was alerted by a friend travelling past the pub at 5.30am, who texted him to say the trees had been blown down.

James said: “I went down about 7am and it was quite clear to see they hadn’t been blown over. This is the first time I have tried to do something on my own and a minority of idiots think they can help themselves.”

Sidmouth resident Samantha Dack found the trees halfway up Core Hill in Sidmouth, half a mile away.

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