Hanging basket theft blow to bloom bid

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MORPETH has suffered another attack on its Bloom bid.

The Herald reported vandalism in Deuchar Park last month where several oak-barrelled flower towers were toppled over just days before summer judging took place for the annual Northumbria In Bloom competition.

And now further disruption has been reported to the town’s flower power after a hanging basket was stolen from Newgate Street.

The item, which was fully planted, was taken from outside The Sewing Box sometime between 6pm on Thursday, July 28 and 9am the following day.

Owner Jill Fenwick said: “It’s such a shame that the basket was taken as it was a lovely feature outside the shop.

“It was fairly massive in size so it would have been a big weight to lift off from the hook.”

She added: “There were also some ceramic pots stolen from outside homes in Pottery Bank on the same night.”

Morpeth is bidding for its sixth Best Town title in as many years in the annual regional bloom competition.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Saltburn by the Sea in September.

Anyone with information about the hanging basket theft should contact Morpeth police on 03456 043043.