Thieves steal flowers from Haverhill day centre

The planters outside The Centre, in Rookwood Way, minus the stolen plants ANL-160715-110111001
The planters outside The Centre, in Rookwood Way, minus the stolen plants ANL-160715-110111001

Thieves have stolen flowers from two planters outside a day centre in Haverhill for people with disabilities and learning difficulties.

The mixture of flowers, including marigolds, ivy and fuschias, had been planted by the clients of The Centre, in Rookwood Way, in three planters attached to the front of the building.

Plants were pulled out from two of the planters sometime between 4pm on Thursday, July 14 and the next morning, although the plants in one of them remained intact.

The Centre is a day centre that provides art, woodwork, gardening and garden furniture making activities for its clients in order to give them confidence, boost their self-esteem and help them to develop new skills.

The Centre’s clients have a variety of additional needs. Some are recovering from brain injuries, some have dementia while others have various types of learning disabilities.

Cetre manager, Anne White said: “It’s disturbing for them because we try and make it look nice. It’s jobs for them to do and it cheeses you off, putting it mildly, when this happens.”