Angry Cheadle residents have called for an increased number of CCTV cameras after another bout of vandalism in the town.
Over night on Saturday, July 19, a number of unknown offenders damaged several flowers and their tubs and stole some conifers, all planted by volunteer group Cheadle in Bloom, from High Street.
But now members of the group and town councillors want to see more security measures in place to prevent this from happening again.
Cheadle in Bloom committee member Neil Plant, of Park Avenue, helped to plant the flowers and trees and doesn’t want this hard work ruined.
“I know how much work goes into planting these flowers in the town,” he said. “It is all voluntary work, but they are very committed to what they do and it does look lovely.
“Which is why it is a real shame when somebody comes along and rips them out, probably after a few drinks. We don’t want this type of behaviour in our town.
“CCTV would be a good thing. I have nothing against it because it would curb these problems and help to identify the culprits. In my opinion, the more the better.”
At a town council meeting on Monday, it was agreed an application would be made to the Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis’ fund to finance the extra cameras.
Councillor Dave Sargeant, who also works in High Street, said: “It always seems to start off when the school holidays begin.
“The plants all look fantastic until these stupid idiots come along and ruin all of this hard work. There is CCTV there, but it is a matter of spotting it at the right time.
“We would like more there and we will now apply to the commissioner’s fund available for extra cameras in the hope it will prevent it in future.
“We still consider our town as one of the safest places to live, but there is a small minority ruining it for everyone else.”
Ray Wood, of Charles Street, said: “This spectacular job comes to nothing when mindless yobs come and pull all of the plants out and do as much damage as possible.
“We need to stop this because it can be soul destroying and we won’t give up on the police catching someone.”
Cheadle Police are still searching for the offenders and PC Dave Stubbs is asking for anyone with information or any witnesses to the theft and damage to come forward.
PC Stubbs said: “I would appeal for anyone who has information to please come forward. This has caused much upset to the volunteers on Cheadle in Bloom who put in a lot of their own time and effort into making Cheadle an attract place to live and also an attractive place for people to visit.”
Anyone with information should call police on 101 and quoting VDU 0286.