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Geranium thieves strike again in Marlow
GERANIUM thieves have struck again in the heart of Marlow, sparking fury.
About 30 of the colourfully petalled flowers, part of a Marlow Chamber of Trade display in Spittal Street, have been removed from their beds.
The floral theft is the latest in a growing number in recent years.
Just a few weeks ago, Marlow Town Council, which has been using floral displays to make the area more attractive, issued a 'hands off' warning after eight plants were stolen near the train station.
The pink and red geraniums, situated by The Cross Keys pub, had already required one or two replacements a couple of weeks ago.
But the beds have now been ransacked to the shock of chamber members.
Secretary Jo Braybrooke said: "I'm very angry and it's absolute disbelief because the flower beds across Marlow have been really lovely this year. We were really proud of them.
"There is just one geranium left in two of the beds, and you can see the holes where they have been pulled out.
"A couple had gone and been replaced by contractors two weeks ago but now they've virtually all gone."
Last year, a batch of geraniums for a special Union Jack floral display also arranged by the chamber, in the town centre, costing £3,500, were taken.
It is not clear what the cost of the latest theft is but about 30 have gone.
Mrs Braybrooke called for the culprits to replace the flowers and said she was bemused by the ongoing problem with thieves targeting floral displays.
She said: "Why have they done it, what's the point? We are trying to make the town look nice for everyone and they completely wreck it. What are they getting out of it?"
Police have not been contacted.
In July 2012 two troughs of planters with pots, which cost the town council £250 in total, were stolen from under the 'welcome to Marlow signs'.
The chamber was the victim of plant thieves in 2011 and 2010 as well.
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