Plants were destroyed and bollards were damaged in a criminal damage incident in Storrington that has left the community ‘shocked’.
Villagers were woken by noise at about 4am on Sunday (October 4) and discovered the extent of the damage later in the day.
Cherril Castle of Storrington in Bloom explained that the plants had only been introduced the previous weekend as a new display for the winter season.
She said: “Local residents, out to buy their papers on Sunday morning, were shocked to see the damage done to the newly planted troughs.
“They pulled out plants and threw them in the road. They also were seen kicking and damaging the two bollards at the bottom of Old Mill Drive and damaging the display in Place Villarest around the village sign.
“A large planter outside a private property in West Street was also broken.”
Volunteers from Storrington Greenfingers worked hard to remove the summer plants and replace them a week before the incident, Cherril added.
She said: “It seems a shame when volunteers from Storrington In Bloom and Greenfingers work so hard to improve the village environment that a few anti-social louts behave in this way.
“Kind passers-by had picked up plants left in the road and laid them by the planters in the hope that they could be saved, unfortunately this won’t be possible because the roots are destroyed.”
A spokesperson for Sussex Police said: “Police are investigating a criminal damage incident during the early hours of Sunday in which youths were seen pulling up plants and kicking bollards belonging to Storrington and Sullington Parish Council in Old Mill Drive, Storrington.”
Police are appealing for witnesses. Anyone with information can email email@example.com or phone 101, quoting serial 678 of 04/10.
Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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