Mindless vandals have targeted floral displays in a seaside town in a spate of attacks.
Yobs have twice wreaked havoc in under a fortnight, first stealing a planter before swiping plants from another container, which they subsequently demolished.
Both incidents occurred on the A1068 roundabout, on the Widdrington entrance to Amble.
It has prompted an angry response from the town’s deputy mayor, Craig Weir, who is also the chairman of the Pride in Amble organisation.
“It is ridiculous, vindictive, bloody mindedness and it shows a real lack of community spirit,” he said.
“Pride in Amble raised funds to make the town look good for the community by planting flowers around the town, especially making the entrances look attractive.
“Now, someone of the anti-social persuasion has stolen one of the planters and then less than two weeks later, plants have been stolen from another planter, which has been completely smashed to bits .”
The planter was taken sometime between Tuesday, July 17, and Sunday, July 22, before the second incident happened overnight on Friday.
Craig said: “I believe the person or persons are quite strong as the planters are half round barrels and quite heavy.
“I see now why the second one was demolished – it made it easier to carry the plants away – good thinking.”
Hitting out at whoever is responsible, Craig added: “What did you do with them?
“If they are for your mum or spouse they will be so pleased at your kindness and generosity.
“The financial value is small, but the aesthetic value is great.
“It’s called Pride in Amble. Where’s yours?”
The police have been informed about both incidents and have urged anyone with information to contact them on 101 or to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.