Teachers follow petal trail after thieves steal hanging baskets from school (From This Is Lancashire)
Teachers follow petal trail after thieves steal hanging baskets from school
TEACHERS turned detective following a trail of flower petals for half a mile — after hanging baskets were stolen from a school.
But the trail ran cold and now police are investigating following the theft from St Peter’s CE Primary School in Alexandra Street in Farnworth.
The baskets, worth more than £100, are thought to have been taken on Wednesday night or in the early hours of Thursday morning.
Lynn Williams, co-head teacher, said: “I really don’t know why somebody would do something like this. I can only think that they are looking to gain something from it, or even to decorate their own homes.
“We really believe someone will have seen something as the school is surrounded by neighbours on all four sides.”
Only one hanging basket remains at the school now. Five hanging baskets and planters were bought by the school for £750 to spruce up the site following the extension to the now derelict St Peter’s Church.
The work was carried out to double the amount of pupils at the school from 240 to 480 in September.
She added: “We bought the plants as the neighbours previously had a lovely church by them so we wanted to make it as pretty as possible for the neighbours.
“I think the kids at the school will be extremely disappointed when they hear what has happened.
“When we first got the hanging baskets and planters one child picked a flower out of one of them and brought it into school. We explained to the pupils that they were there to make the school pretty and since then they have really looked after them.”
Anyone who can assist the school in replacing the baskets should make contact with St Peter’s when the term starts on 01204 333090.
The incident has been reported to police but no arrests have been made.
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