Pensioners left heartbroken after thieves steal treasured ornaments from apartment complex in Grimsby
THIEVES have stolen garden ornaments, including a family of meerkats, from a group of pensioners.
Residents in a warden-controlled block of apartments in Cambridge Road, Grimsby, now have their sights set on the thieves who stole their treasured garden ornaments and plant pots.
Among the haul were bird feeders, bird baths, a small black barrel with a pump which was full of pansies and a family of ornamental meerkats, all taken from Cherry Blossom Court.
It is owned by Longhurst and Havelok housing association, who donated £500 towards the items. Others were gifts to elderly residents.
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Shirley Easton, 72, said: “They are wicked. They have not realised how much pleasure residents get from watching the birds feeding or having a bath. It is my only bit of pleasure.
“Some of them were gifts from my family.”
Residents have signed a letter appealing to anyone who has CCTV of the area and may have seen the thieves taking the items away, possibly in a van, after the raid at between 4pm and 7pm on Monday.
Neighbour Jane Hogan, 61, said: “It is shocking. We got the gift from L&H and we did a deal with Alfords to get the plant pots and ornaments so we could try to make the place look brighter for the residents.”
Husband Peter, 62, said: “We won’t be put off. We will raise some more money and when we get the new items we will bolt them down.”
There has been a wrangle over the erection of a security fence between the neighbouring Aldi supermarket and the flats.
Mr Hogan said: “L&H say it is Aldi’s responsibility and Aldi say it is the housing firm’s responsibility. But it needs to get sorted.”
The couple are among residents who will take part in a five-mile sponsored walk on February 23 around the Willows and Wybers Wood estates, followed by a celebration tea and raffle. Among the prizes is a meal for two and wine donated by The Bradley Inn. Organisers hope to raise enough money to buy Jack and Jill benches for residents to enjoy the gardens.
Anyone with information about the stolen items is urged to contact Humberside Police by calling 101 and quoting the incident number AA-1957367-2013 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.