Saffron Walden Nursery releases CCTV in hope of catching suspected hanging basket thief

PUBLISHED: 14:05 09 June 2017 | UPDATED: 16:32 13 June 2017

Saffron Walden Nursery has issued CCTV images of a man who allegedly stole hanging baskets. Picture: SAFFRON WALDEN NURSERY

Saffron Walden Nursery has issued CCTV images of a man who allegedly stole hanging baskets. Picture: SAFFRON WALDEN NURSERY

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A Saffron Walden nursery has released CCTV images on social media of a man allegedly stealing hanging baskets from outside their property.

Saffron Walden Nursery has issued CCTV images of a man who allegedly stole hanging baskets. Picture: SAFFRON WALDEN NURSERYSaffron Walden Nursery has issued CCTV images of a man who allegedly stole hanging baskets. Picture: SAFFRON WALDEN NURSERY

It is the fourth time in around two years that Saffron Walden Nursery, on Shire Hill, has been the target of heartless thieves, and staff have issued the images in the hope of catching the assailant.

The theft took place at around 8pm on Saturday, June 3, when a man, believed to be in his 60s, is seen on CCTV unbolting the boxes and using cutters to remove the baskets.

The man drove a white Peugeot Partner van and staff at the nursery have informed the police of the registration.

Officers say the items stolen are worth a three-figure sum.A post from Neil Curtis on Facebook reads: “It’s not a high value theft but once again, the staff have to explain to the children where their plants have gone that they take turns to water.

“Thanks to Evolution CCTV services who donated the camera system to the school, and to Shire Hill Garage who caught the vehicle on their CCTV system.

“This wasn’t drunk youths, this was a 60-year-old man in a reasonably new van who decided that he needed the children’s plants more than they did. Please share wide.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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