Leicester nurseries hit by 'steal to order' thefts

A recent spate of thefts from nurseries and garden centres is being blamed on gangs that, in many cases, are stealing to order.

Several businesses in and around Leicester have been hit over a two-month spell.

James Coles & Sons (Nurseries) managing director James Coles said £15,000 of plants had been snatched in the past two months.

Wyevale Leicester deputy manager Carol Myers said: "Gangs are using bolt cutters to hack through razor wire to steal barbecues and lawnmowers."

Angela Holland, owner of Kibworth Garden Centre & Nursery in Leicester, said: "We lost three clipped box and a standard bay tree - I think stuff is stolen to order."

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