Vandals steal plants from display

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HUNDREDS of pounds worth of plants have been stolen from around the streets of Whitley Bay.

Workmen from North Tyneside Council have been busy putting the plants in place around the streets of the town, and other parts of the borough.

But vandals have been ripping out the plants or stealing them, such as from the lighthouse display on the roundabout at Marden Road South into the town centre.

Whitley Bay ward councillor Michael McIntyre first noticed the problems and has hit out at the vandals and thieves.

A North Tyneside Council spokesman said: “Protecting and enhancing the borough’s environment is one of our priorities.

“We plant thousands of floral displays each year to help North Tyneside look its best so it’s really disappointing whenever they are vandalised or stolen.

“It detracts from an area’s appearance while the cost to replace them is ultimately borne by local taxpayers.”

The plants at the lighthouse model on the roundabout were planted on April 4, but reported missing the following morning. And three planters were thrown over the promenade walls at Whitley Bay.

The total cost of the vandalism and thefts is estimated at £500.