VOLUNTEERS from the Friends of Rotten Row group were horrified after thieves were spotted stealing rose bushes ‘in broad daylight.’
Brian Quinn, chairman of the Friends, revealed that the brazen thefts took place on August 10, with one shocked witness taking a photograph of the theft.
Mr Quinn said: “These two ‘gentlemen’ were observed removing plants from Rotten Row. If anyone can identify them please let us know as we have witnesses to the removal of the plants.
“The plants removed were rose bushes which were donated by the team at Marks and Spencer.
“We would like to name and shame these men, hopefully to prevent this kind of thing happening again. We do get a lot of thefts, around £500s worth per year, but this was so brazen an act in broad daylight and with witnesses.”
Community Inspector Graham Fisher said: “The Friends of Rotten Row have selflessly given their time and money to improve the appearance of Southport. It is extremely disappointing to hear that someone has so heartlessly taken the plants.
“If anyone has any information about who may have been responsible for this, please contact police so that we can take action.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside Police social media desk via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’. You can also call 101 quoting incident reference 20000533171, or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at: crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information.