Counting the cost of vandals' damage
DRUNKEN vandals are being blamed for ripping up flowers from Beverley's prized planters.
Beverley in Bloom is appealing for donations of plants to replace those torn out in what looks to have been a new year damage spree.
Police have confirmed they are investigating the breaking of two windows in Wednesday Market and Eastgate.
Now, volunteers who provide Beverley with a splash of colour and make it a serious contender in the annual Yorkshire in Bloom competition are counting the cost as well.
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Beverley in Bloom chairman Jim Whitfield said: "People have been stealing the flowers out of the planters. It's happened in North Bar Within as well as Wednesday Market.
"The plants we have are mainly pansies and daisies."
Beverley Town Council provides money for the planters and volunteers plant and take care of them.
Councillor Whitfield, who sits on Beverley Town Council and volunteers to organise the blooms, has had to start again from scratch after the attacks.
He said: "It's young people who are intoxicated and think it would be a joke to throw things around.
"It just makes a mess and it spoils the look of the town.
"A few moments of thoughtlessness spoils it for the people in the town."
In all, the damage to the plants in North Bar and Wednesday Market is put at no more than £100.
But Beverley in Bloom is faced with the problem of sourcing more flowers late in the season and finding volunteers to plant them.
Cllr Whitfield said: "It's not just the cash, it's the time and effort people in the town have gone to.
"We're hoping some people might have some plants to spare in a greenhouse.
"All the commercial growers may have sold all their stock. It would be great if someone could help us."
Police have confirmed they are investigating reports of criminal damage caused in the area of Wednesday Market some time between 1am and 8am on January 4.
A force spokesman said: "We are investigating two reports of criminal damage.
"We have been gathering evidence from where the windows were broken.
"Beverley is one of the largest socialising areas of the East Riding but it's rare we get windows broken. People are proud of the town."
If you can help with flowers or planting, call the town council on 01482 874096.