Police appeal for witnesses after robbers steal shrubs in from West Road in Shoebury, leaving trails onSt Andrews Road and Richmond Avenue

Cops hunt shrubbery thieves

Cops hunt shrubbery thieves

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POLICE are appealing for information after plants were stolen from a shopping centre.

The three shrubs were taken from three planters in West Road, Shoebury, some time between 10pm on March 13 and 6.15am on March 14.

They are worth around £300 and were planted by members of the local West Road Traders Association.

PC Sharon Blaxland is urging members of the public to come forward if they have any information about the missing plants.

She said: "One of the shop owners followed a soil trail from the planters. It went right into St Andrews Road and then into Richmond Avenue where it stopped.

"If anyone saw anybody acting suspiciously in the area or who has any other information please get in touch with me.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call PC Blaxland on Essex Police 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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1:14pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

Bushwhackers......
Bushwhackers...... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 0

1:14pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

It was the knights who say 'Ni!'
It was the knights who say 'Ni!' Howard Cháse
  • Score: 5

1:27pm Mon 31 Mar 14

leighman says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
It was the knights who say 'Ni!'
Beat me to it!!
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: It was the knights who say 'Ni!'[/p][/quote]Beat me to it!! leighman
  • Score: 4

2:37pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Chris Flunk says...

Leaf it out you lot, this is a serious matter.
Leaf it out you lot, this is a serious matter. Chris Flunk
  • Score: 3

2:46pm Mon 31 Mar 14

BenfleetBarrel says...

The police might struggle to twig who did this.
The police might struggle to twig who did this. BenfleetBarrel
  • Score: 4

2:50pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Chris Flunk says...

They need to call in special branch.
They need to call in special branch. Chris Flunk
  • Score: 9

2:50pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Smudgie Bugglers says...

BenfleetBarrel wrote:
The police might struggle to twig who did this.
Hopefully they will catch them red robanded, this is becoming a perennial problem.
[quote][p][bold]BenfleetBarrel[/bold] wrote: The police might struggle to twig who did this.[/p][/quote]Hopefully they will catch them red robanded, this is becoming a perennial problem. Smudgie Bugglers
  • Score: -4

3:02pm Mon 31 Mar 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

They need to examine the root cause of this type of theft.
They need to examine the root cause of this type of theft. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 4

3:06pm Mon 31 Mar 14

BenfleetBarrel says...

That path certainly needs to be shrubbed clean.
That path certainly needs to be shrubbed clean. BenfleetBarrel
  • Score: 4

3:06pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Chris Flunk says...

The question is, who would commit such a terrible act? The police need to keep investigating until they find the anthers.
The question is, who would commit such a terrible act? The police need to keep investigating until they find the anthers. Chris Flunk
  • Score: 3

3:12pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Smudgie Bugglers says...

Chris Flunk wrote:
The question is, who would commit such a terrible act? The police need to keep investigating until they find the anthers.
You taking the pith?
[quote][p][bold]Chris Flunk[/bold] wrote: The question is, who would commit such a terrible act? The police need to keep investigating until they find the anthers.[/p][/quote]You taking the pith? Smudgie Bugglers
  • Score: 0

3:14pm Mon 31 Mar 14

BenfleetBarrel says...

I saw a couple of hoodies com post these the other day.
I saw a couple of hoodies com post these the other day. BenfleetBarrel
  • Score: 0

3:16pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Chris Flunk says...

BenfleetBarrel wrote:
I saw a couple of hoodies com post these the other day.
Do yew think they ticked the box as suspects? If you are worried about slander, you can reply to me in privet.
[quote][p][bold]BenfleetBarrel[/bold] wrote: I saw a couple of hoodies com post these the other day.[/p][/quote]Do yew think they ticked the box as suspects? If you are worried about slander, you can reply to me in privet. Chris Flunk
  • Score: 2

3:21pm Mon 31 Mar 14

BenfleetBarrel says...

Those poor shopkeepers must feel like they are being pushed over the hedge.
Those poor shopkeepers must feel like they are being pushed over the hedge. BenfleetBarrel
  • Score: 3

4:08pm Mon 31 Mar 14

MilesBond says...

Judging by the trail they were heading towards East Beech
Judging by the trail they were heading towards East Beech MilesBond
  • Score: -1

4:32pm Mon 31 Mar 14

pembury53 says...

they should grow up.....
they should grow up..... pembury53
  • Score: 0

4:34pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

Crime of this sort is a blooming nuisance as it blossoms all over Essex...
Crime of this sort is a blooming nuisance as it blossoms all over Essex... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 1

4:37pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

It's a wonder the headline doesn't mention streetlights being turned off as the cause of this crime.
It's a wonder the headline doesn't mention streetlights being turned off as the cause of this crime. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 0

4:50pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Chris Flunk says...

They need to call in the special branch.
They need to call in the special branch. Chris Flunk
  • Score: -1

4:59pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Chris Flunk says...

Oops, dunno how I managed to repost that. Stupid website needs a delete option, it makes me so mud.
Oops, dunno how I managed to repost that. Stupid website needs a delete option, it makes me so mud. Chris Flunk
  • Score: 0

5:07pm Mon 31 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

These thefts all stem from the lights being off, the root of many an evil act.
These thefts all stem from the lights being off, the root of many an evil act. carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 0

5:27pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

Street lights in southend don't get turned off
So all the light references are wrong. You lot don't go out much!
Street lights in southend don't get turned off So all the light references are wrong. You lot don't go out much! Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: -1

7:09pm Mon 31 Mar 14

kev1956in says...

It was not me officer, it was planted on me.
It was not me officer, it was planted on me. kev1956in
  • Score: 0

7:30pm Mon 31 Mar 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Living the La Vida Legra wrote:
Street lights in southend don't get turned off
So all the light references are wrong. You lot don't go out much!
Its unbeleafable people will steal anything.
[quote][p][bold]Living the La Vida Legra[/bold] wrote: Street lights in southend don't get turned off So all the light references are wrong. You lot don't go out much![/p][/quote]Its unbeleafable people will steal anything. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 0

8:36pm Mon 31 Mar 14

jayman says...

meanwhile Southend council has set up a task force to deal with the ongoing issue of shrub theft. Roger Shrubber from the council's task force said to our reporter

"Oh, what sad times are these when passing ruffians can say Ni at will to old ladies. There is a pestilence upon this land, nothing is sacred. Even those who arrange and design shrubberies are under considerable economic stress in this period in history."

a gang from east London are suspected of running 'shrub thievery' operations in Southend. The gang is known to the local police as the "ekki-ekki-ekki-pita
ng-zoom-boing!” gang.

when asked about the alleged 17.5 million pound cost for the task force, Roger shrubber simply pointed to the giant golden grail in the sky emanating from Southend airport...
meanwhile Southend council has set up a task force to deal with the ongoing issue of shrub theft. Roger Shrubber from the council's task force said to our reporter "Oh, what sad times are these when passing ruffians can say Ni at will to old ladies. There is a pestilence upon this land, nothing is sacred. Even those who arrange and design shrubberies are under considerable economic stress in this period in history." a gang from east London are suspected of running 'shrub thievery' operations in Southend. The gang is known to the local police as the "ekki-ekki-ekki-pita ng-zoom-boing!” gang. when asked about the alleged 17.5 million pound cost for the task force, Roger shrubber simply pointed to the giant golden grail in the sky emanating from Southend airport... jayman
  • Score: 6

10:29pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Hugh.Janus says...

The police need a root and branch investigation!
The police need a root and branch investigation! Hugh.Janus
  • Score: 0

9:22am Tue 1 Apr 14

maureen says...

took the echo long enough to report it for most people to remember the night in question
took the echo long enough to report it for most people to remember the night in question maureen
  • Score: 0

2:55pm Tue 1 Apr 14

DannyK86 says...

Rumour has it one of the criminals worked for a hedge fund.
Rumour has it one of the criminals worked for a hedge fund. DannyK86
  • Score: 0

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