Thieves target bluebells and snowdrops in Norfolk
- Credit: Ian Burt
They're a much-loved sign that spring's around the corner.
But the rare blooms of bluebells and snowdrops are also attraacting thieves, who steal wildflowers to sell on the black market.
Police say up to 10,000 plants have been dug up from a suite at South Pickenham, near Swaffham.
For some reason the gang left both the plants and the crates they intended to transport and sell them on in behind - perhaps because they were disturbed.
The following day a second batch of plants was targetted at nearby Narborough. This time they were dug up and removed, with the gang leaving behind some transport crates.
You may also want to watch:
Wild flowers are protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act. Conservationists fear theft could threaten the survival of some rare species.
Police say anyone aware of a rural crime taking place there and then should call 999.
- 1 New women's only fitness studio to open in Norwich
- 2 Two Norfolk gastropubs named among best in country
- 3 Teen opens American sweet shop in town
- 4 Chance to have your say over 4,000-home development
- 5 Driver who died in A47 crash had medical episode
- 6 The Chase star's tribute to contestant who died in Norfolk house fire
- 7 Plans to open McDonald's on outskirts of town in 2022
- 8 School bus drivers 'risked children's lives' with illegal long shifts
- 9 Farke hammers Tzolis for penalty antics in City defeat
- 10 'Very high risk' paedophile who groomed 12-year-old has sentence doubled