Residents of a street in Eastbourne were left wondering if Sussex Police had played an April Fool’s joke after houses received a letter about the theft of a missing flowerpot.
Homes on Richmond Road received the note from the Wealden Neighbourhood Policing Team appealing for information on the stolen flowerpot.
The letter asks the resident, ‘Did you see anything suspicious? Did you hear anything that may have been unusual? Have you seen strange vehicles or activity in the area? Or are you suspicious of someone in the neighbourhood?’
While a number of people questioned the time and cost of distributing letters for something that may seem so trivial as a garden ornament, Sussex Police have defended their actions and insisted criminal damage and theft of any description is very important to them and indeed the item could be very valuable to its owner.
Speaking exclusively to the Herald, a spokesperson for Sussex Police said, “A ‘very large’ flowerpot was stolen from outside a house in Pevensey Bay on Wednesday, March 19.
“The owner first noticed the heavy, 2ft high, brown plastic pot containing a hydrangea missing at about 11am that day. It had last been definitely seen the previous Saturday. Anyone with information about the theft is asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 101 quoting serial 1 087 of 19/03.”
Sussex Police also insist they actively encourage reports of any stolen or damaged items as it gives them a better idea of what’s going on in the community and area that they serve.