Trail of petals left by thieves who stole Northampton firm’s flower displays

Nic Palmer of Cramden Nursery says he is 'baffled' by the theft of several hanging baskets from the family business over the weekend.

Nic Palmer of Cramden Nursery says he is 'baffled' by the theft of several hanging baskets from the family business over the weekend.

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A family run garden centre in Northampton will be without its trademark floral hanging displays this year after raiders decided to take all but one over the weekend.

A total of nine geranium laden hanging baskets and six troughs were stolen from the front of Cramden Nursery on Harborough Road North, Kingsthorpe, sometime between 8pm on Saturday and 9.30am the following morning.

Petals leading towards the front gate of the premises.

Petals leading towards the front gate of the premises.

Business partner Nic Palmer, said: “When we came in to open the centre on Sunday morning we saw some people had taken it upon themselves to liberate us of our fantastic displays, which hang out the front of the nursery every year.

“All that was left was a trail of petals leading to the front gate.”

Mr Palmer said each basket and trough would have retailed for around £35, but as it is too late in the season to replant them, the centre will have to go without them this year.

The business, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, is located down a long entry road, which Mr Palmer believes the burglars might have driven down before loading a car or van with the stolen displays.

Burglars left one hanging basket remaining.

Burglars left one hanging basket remaining.

“They were such a nice splash of colour and brightness for our customers,” Mr Palmer said. “It is hard to understand why they have done this.

“Maybe it was for a really elaborate Father’s Day present, or maybe they off-loaded them for a quick tenner down the pub, who knows.

“We would just urge anyone who might have seen one of these baskets, or saw what happened overnight, to get in touch with the police.”

In a further twist, Mr Palmer, 50, who runs the business with his partner Emily Mitchell, 49, said the raiders even used a step ladder kept at the garden centre to reach some of the higher hanging baskets.

If you have any information about the incident, call Northamptonshire Police on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.