Volunteers in Castleford who have tidied up an area of land blighted by litter say they’re heartbroken after thieves stole new plants from the site.
Plants worth more than £100 were stolen from Smawthorne Marsh - just off Lisheen Avenue - overnight last Friday .
Members of Smawthorne Marsh Wildlife Group – set up in 2012 to clean up the land – say they are devastated by the theft.
Andrew Hirst, group chairman, said: “It’s just heartbreaking that we are putting in all this work in to make the area nice for the community and then this happens. It’s devastating.”
Mr Hirst said: “A small number of us started the group. We all walked our dogs on the marsh and were fed up of seeing the litter and fly tipping.
“We took it upon ourselves to tidy it all up and have had a lot of support from the community which makes it even worse when something like this happens.”
Police are appealing for anyone with any information to contact Castleford neighbourhood policing team (NPT) on 101.
Insp Dave Bugg said: “This area has been improved by committed people who have donated their own time.
“For them to be victims of a theft like this is quite sickening and I would urge anyone with any information to call the NPT on 101.”
Smawthorne Marsh Wildlife Group’s next meeting is on Wednesday, May 7 from 6pm at The Magnet hotel, on Pontefract Road.
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