Thieves target gardens in 24-hour spree across Southampton

Hanging baskets were among the property stolen

Hanging baskets were among the property stolen

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A SPATE of thefts from gardens across Southampton has seen six homes targeted in just 24 hours, the Daily Echo can reveal.

Large pots filled with flowers, hanging baskets and garden statutes have all been stolen from doorsteps and front gardens across Millbrook and Shirley – including the home of a 93-year-old woman.

Police are warning green fingered homeowners to be vigilant and urged those with valuable ornaments or plant pots to consider displaying them in back gardens, where they are less likely to attract the attention of thieves.

Thieves struck twice in Thirlmere Road, Millbrook, on Sunday night, stealing hanging baskets from outside the kitchen windows of a 93-year-old woman and her 64-year-old neighbour.

Just a few streets away a 70-year-old woman living in Munro Crescent woke up to find a large pot containing a tall tree missing from the middle of her front garden.

It is believed the thieves must have taken it away in some kind of lorry or van as it was far too big to fit into a car and too heavy to carry any distance.

In Shirley two more gardens were targeted on the same night.

Two hanging baskets full of flowers and two large pots containing wild flowers were taken from the front door area of a home in Imperial Avenue.

Meanwhile three large decorative ceramic plant pots, worth around £70 each, and a statue of an angel playing a harp, worth £50, were stolen from the front garden of a home in Richville Road.

Thieves also broke into a brick shed in Ennerdale Road, Millbrook, on Monday evening, stealing a Mountfield petrol lawn mower worth around £150.

A spokesman for Hampshire police said: “We would urge homeowners to be vigilant and consider moving anything of value to a more secure area such as a back garden.”

Anyone with any information about the thefts should contact Shirley police station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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11:14am Sat 7 Jun 14

Mary80 says...

Simple solution...find who did it and then let the victims go smash up their stuff
Simple solution...find who did it and then let the victims go smash up their stuff Mary80
  • Score: 9

11:29am Sat 7 Jun 14

boilerman says...

Mary80 wrote:
Simple solution...find who did it and then let the victims go smash up their stuff
They are scum and probably don't have any stuff.
Chop their hands off that will soon stop them.
[quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: Simple solution...find who did it and then let the victims go smash up their stuff[/p][/quote]They are scum and probably don't have any stuff. Chop their hands off that will soon stop them. boilerman
  • Score: 14

11:34am Sat 7 Jun 14

excusemoi says...

Sounds like they stole it to order? probably pays for their drugs.
Sounds like they stole it to order? probably pays for their drugs. excusemoi
  • Score: 10

12:02pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Zexagon says...

excusemoi wrote:
Sounds like they stole it to order? probably pays for their drugs.
Or gas to heat their caravans
[quote][p][bold]excusemoi[/bold] wrote: Sounds like they stole it to order? probably pays for their drugs.[/p][/quote]Or gas to heat their caravans Zexagon
  • Score: 8

12:40pm Sat 7 Jun 14

sass says...

Hey Adams, what is a garden statute?
Hey Adams, what is a garden statute? sass
  • Score: 4

1:48pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Saintly Sam says...

I had two plastic Greek style containers stolen some years ago from my front steps, they were taken Saturday night/Sunday morning, no doubt to be sold at a car boot sale later on the Sunday, I have replaced them with stone tubs cemented to the ground, I did feel like gluing broken glass or razor blades to the underside of the rims of the posts, but the pc Nazi's would probably prosecute me if one of the little toe rags hurt themselves.
I had two plastic Greek style containers stolen some years ago from my front steps, they were taken Saturday night/Sunday morning, no doubt to be sold at a car boot sale later on the Sunday, I have replaced them with stone tubs cemented to the ground, I did feel like gluing broken glass or razor blades to the underside of the rims of the posts, but the pc Nazi's would probably prosecute me if one of the little toe rags hurt themselves. Saintly Sam
  • Score: 13

1:54pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Huffter says...

Mary80 wrote:
Simple solution...find who did it and then let the victims go smash up their stuff
Please let us, and the police, know when you implement your simple solution and find out who did it.
[quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: Simple solution...find who did it and then let the victims go smash up their stuff[/p][/quote]Please let us, and the police, know when you implement your simple solution and find out who did it. Huffter
  • Score: 0

3:00pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Zexagon says...

Saintly Sam wrote:
I had two plastic Greek style containers stolen some years ago from my front steps, they were taken Saturday night/Sunday morning, no doubt to be sold at a car boot sale later on the Sunday, I have replaced them with stone tubs cemented to the ground, I did feel like gluing broken glass or razor blades to the underside of the rims of the posts, but the pc Nazi's would probably prosecute me if one of the little toe rags hurt themselves.
That's not a bad idea
[quote][p][bold]Saintly Sam[/bold] wrote: I had two plastic Greek style containers stolen some years ago from my front steps, they were taken Saturday night/Sunday morning, no doubt to be sold at a car boot sale later on the Sunday, I have replaced them with stone tubs cemented to the ground, I did feel like gluing broken glass or razor blades to the underside of the rims of the posts, but the pc Nazi's would probably prosecute me if one of the little toe rags hurt themselves.[/p][/quote]That's not a bad idea Zexagon
  • Score: 5

4:14pm Sat 7 Jun 14

biggus2 says...

Don't use glass carpet gripper works best especially when its gone rusty
Don't use glass carpet gripper works best especially when its gone rusty biggus2
  • Score: 6

5:07pm Sat 7 Jun 14

boilerman says...

Make that seven, may son had his bike stolen from his back garden in Totton.
They climbed over a locked gate opened it and took the bike.
Ready for them if they come back though, nasty shock in store.
Make that seven, may son had his bike stolen from his back garden in Totton. They climbed over a locked gate opened it and took the bike. Ready for them if they come back though, nasty shock in store. boilerman
  • Score: 5

5:12pm Sat 7 Jun 14

befriendly says...

biggus2 wrote:
Don't use glass carpet gripper works best especially when its gone rusty
works lovely on the back of gates or fence panels where the effluent can't see it, but need a hand hold to jump over.
[quote][p][bold]biggus2[/bold] wrote: Don't use glass carpet gripper works best especially when its gone rusty[/p][/quote]works lovely on the back of gates or fence panels where the effluent can't see it, but need a hand hold to jump over. befriendly
  • Score: 6

11:23am Sun 8 Jun 14

Stubs says...

I think the thieves. Are a load of pansies.
I think the thieves. Are a load of pansies. Stubs
  • Score: 1

2:07pm Sun 8 Jun 14

sass says...

biggus2 wrote:
Don't use glass carpet gripper works best especially when its gone rusty
Who has glass carpets?
[quote][p][bold]biggus2[/bold] wrote: Don't use glass carpet gripper works best especially when its gone rusty[/p][/quote]Who has glass carpets? sass
  • Score: -2

11:30pm Sun 8 Jun 14

Saintly Sam says...

biggus2 wrote:
Don't use glass carpet gripper works best especially when its gone rusty
That is an excellent idea, with any luck I will find one of my new pots covered in one of these nasty thieves blood, karma is a b1tch.
[quote][p][bold]biggus2[/bold] wrote: Don't use glass carpet gripper works best especially when its gone rusty[/p][/quote]That is an excellent idea, with any luck I will find one of my new pots covered in one of these nasty thieves blood, karma is a b1tch. Saintly Sam
  • Score: 0

6:13am Mon 9 Jun 14

KA says...

Noticed about five hanging baskets one with sweetpeas in it dumped on the verge at hollybrook cemetary Sunday....
Noticed about five hanging baskets one with sweetpeas in it dumped on the verge at hollybrook cemetary Sunday.... KA
  • Score: 0

2:21pm Sat 21 Jun 14

witchyonecat says...

Saintly Sam wrote:
I had two plastic Greek style containers stolen some years ago from my front steps, they were taken Saturday night/Sunday morning, no doubt to be sold at a car boot sale later on the Sunday, I have replaced them with stone tubs cemented to the ground, I did feel like gluing broken glass or razor blades to the underside of the rims of the posts, but the pc Nazi's would probably prosecute me if one of the little toe rags hurt themselves.
I had a concreted ornament and they chipped it ip from the garden !
[quote][p][bold]Saintly Sam[/bold] wrote: I had two plastic Greek style containers stolen some years ago from my front steps, they were taken Saturday night/Sunday morning, no doubt to be sold at a car boot sale later on the Sunday, I have replaced them with stone tubs cemented to the ground, I did feel like gluing broken glass or razor blades to the underside of the rims of the posts, but the pc Nazi's would probably prosecute me if one of the little toe rags hurt themselves.[/p][/quote]I had a concreted ornament and they chipped it ip from the garden ! witchyonecat
  • Score: 0

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