Would-be thieves strike at Southsea community garden

SHOCKED Sue Stokes
SHOCKED Sue Stokes
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A COMMUNITY garden in Portsmouth was broken into and ransacked.

Southsea Greenhouse, near Canoe Lake in Southsea, was the target of attempted burglary but the intruder left empty-handed.

The garden shop was left with items smashed and products all over the floor.

But despite the break-in, Sue Stokes, who helps run the garden, is determined not to let it affect them.

She said: ‘It was quite a shock when we went into the garden shop and saw it like that. There was stuff all over the place; it was trashed.

‘We don’t think anything was taken because there was no money in there and nothing of great value.

‘There was stuff all over the floor but we aren’t going to let it get us down.’

Southsea Greenhouse was broken into on the night of Sunday, March 2 or early morning of Monday, March 3.

But the community garden and shop were open as usual on Monday and they had weekly open sessions on Thursday and Saturday where the public can tend to the garden and its fruit and vegetables.

Sue added: ‘Despite what happened, we aren’t going to let it affect us.

‘Nothing was taken, the shop itself wasn’t ruined so we won’t let it dishearten us.

‘I wouldn’t want to give the person who did this to us the satisfaction of knowing they have affected us.

‘So we have been carrying on as usual but we have reported the incident to the police.’

She added: ‘We got all the mess cleared up pretty quickly but we were angry when we first found out.

‘Everyone worked so hard to get the garden up and running and the shop is a great addition so for someone to do this is awful.

‘But we are carrying on and we won’t let it beat us.

‘We aren’t moping around with our heads hanging and we didn’t close the garden or the shop.’

A spokesman from Hampshire Constabulary said: ‘We are appealing for witnesses who may have information to come forward.

‘They should contact PC Richard Griffiths at South Police Station on 101.