Police are investigating an allegation of theft from a garden centre on the Isle of Wight.
52 bags of compost were reported stolen from Springbank nurseries off Winford Road, Winford near Newchurch at approximately 11.00pm on Saturday, March 5, 2011. Damage to the garden centre’s perimeter fence was also reported.
A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said: “Police are pursuing several lines of enquiry in the community. It’s believed a van was used to transport the stolen compost bags. We’re particularly keen to hear from any witnesses who might remember seeing anybody acting suspiciously, or a van being driven in the Winford and surrounding areas late on Saturday night or Sunday morning. Anyone offered compost bags to buy second hand in suspicious circumstances is also asked to contact us or Crimestoppers.”
A possible suspect was described:
- Approximately six foot tall
- Wearing hat and jeans
Anyone with information is asked to contact PC James Senior at Shanklin Police Station by phoning 101 or emailing http://www.hampshire.police.uk/Internet/contact/message_officer.htm. From outside Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, call police on 0845 045 45 45. Mini-Com users can call the police on 01962 875000. Information can be given anonymously by calling the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.