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Missing poppies may have been stolen

Organiser of The Poppy Scatter Campaign, Steve Trainor, is angry after thieves stole poppy flowers, planted by members of the public - pictured next to the flower bed where poppy seeds were scattered in remembrance of those who died in WW1, at Happy Mount Park, Morecambe.

Organiser of The Poppy Scatter Campaign, Steve Trainor, is angry after thieves stole poppy flowers, planted by members of the public - pictured next to the flower bed where poppy seeds were scattered in remembrance of those who died in WW1, at Happy Mount Park, Morecambe.

Poppies planted as part of a campaign to remember fallen World War One soldiers have disappeared from their beds.

The organiser of the town’s Poppy Scatter campaign aiming to turn the town red in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Great War says he is disgusted after every single poppy shoot planted vanished.

Steve Trainor said: “ I am absolutely livid, in fact you couldn’t print how I am feeling.

“I replanted 15 to 20 patches with approximately, 120-130-000 seeds just two weeks ago and the shoots were there. I went down to Happy Mount Park on Sunday and the bed had been stripped bare. Even plants that members of the public had planted have been stolen. The poppies have been deliberately targeted I think. We put a lot of work into this and it has been done for a reason, in memory of those soldiers and it is really a slap in the face, it’s disgusting.

“It’s a real insult to all those who died.”

The poppies, worth between £200 and £300 were stolen sometime over the last two weeks. Police said they were investigating the theft reported to them.

A spokesperson for Lancaster City Council said: “We are unsure as to what happened to the poppies.

“However, we believe these are being replaced this week by the organisers of Morecambe Poppy Scatter and the council will be supporting the event with the provision of compost and tools. The newly sown poppies should be in full bloom later this year.”

Organiser of the Poppy Campaign, Steve Trainor said: “This Friday at 10.30am volunteers will attend the park and are going to turn the ground over and reseed the poppies. I want to thank park ranger Paul Derome who is giving up his own time to supervise the planting.”

 

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