Vandals target planters in town centre

Hundreds of pounds worth of damage has beencaused by vandals in Whitley Bay town centre.

Over two weekends in July, vandals overturned planters and ripped down floral baskets in Park Avenue and Park View, costing more than £500 to fix.

Within 24 hours, North Tyneside Council replaced all the plants, which included marigold, begonia, suurfina and geranium, and the compost from stock held in the council’s nursery.

Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for environment and housing said: “With help from local people, the council works extremely hard to make North Tyneside an attractive place to live and to visit.

“It is extremely disheartening that vandals have tried to destroy these efforts.

“The matter has been reported to Northumbria Police and I would ask members of the public with any information to help them with their investigations so we can stop this happening again.”

The council recently completed its summer planting programme during which 172,611 bedding plants were introduced throughout the borough.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.