Vandals leave a trail of damage as flower displays are trashed

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VANDALS caused mayhem along the coast last week as they left a trail of damage.

The overnight vandalism spree last Thursday along the seafront saw flower beds trampled, planters overturned and heads torn from the flowers left behind.

The worst affected areas were Beverley Gardens in Cullercoats, and Panama Gardens and Café Gardens in Whitley Bay.

North Tyneside Council’s environmental services team was in action all day Friday to repair the damage.

Mayor Linda Arkley is now appealing for help from residents in tracing the culprits.

She said: “This mindless vandalism is so disappointing after all the hard work by our environmental services team to keep the seafront looking attractive with floral displays.

“We have replaced some plants where needed from stock kept in our nursery and we have repaired the flower beds with care where necessary

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to return them to their original beauty.

“The matter has been reported to Northumbria Police and I would say to any member of the public who might have any information to help the investigations, please get in touch with them so we can stop this happening again.”

The council recently completed its summer floral programme which saw 250,000 flowers – including geraniums, begonias and marigolds – planted in high profile locations throughout North Tyneside.

The displays consist of more than 100 new tubs, barrels and barrier baskets funded by the area forums, as well as 80 paid for by the mayor’s coastal recovery plan.