Preston florist praises police after vandals smash window

HELP: Margaret Mason outside her shop on Friargate

HELP: Margaret Mason outside her shop on Friargate

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A well-loved Preston business woman has praised the help she received after a window was smashed at her premises.

Florist, Margaret Mason, who has worked from her shop on Friargate since 1961, was woken in the early hours of Sunday morning by police, informing her that one of the front windows in her shop had been smashed.

I was just so pleased and was very grateful for them to stay out and help me - they really went the extra mile.

Margaret Mason

And when Margaret arrived at her shop, she was met with helping hands from the police officers and two young men from Blackburn, who were in the city on a night out.

“When I arrived at the shop it was about four o’clock in the morning and they stayed to help me clear up all the glass and the window display that had been spoiled,” said Margaret.

“People are always quick to grumble about the police and about how people never help out in times of need, but they were all so wonderful and helpful.

“They even sorted someone to come out and board up the window for me.

“I was just so pleased and was very grateful for them to stay out and help me - they really went the extra mile.”

Someone from a neighbouring shop told Margaret, who has made floral displays for everyone from the Queen to the who’s who of Lancashire, that they had heard a group of men cheering after the window was smashed.

“When I heard that someone had gone through the window, I thought to myself, ‘I hope they’re not hurt’ but when I was told they had been cheering, I just couldn’t believe it,” said Margaret.

“They don’t know how much hurt and upset they have caused to me and the girls who work in the shop - fancy cheering?”

Margaret added: “It just goes to show that there are certainly two types of people in the world, those who are helpful and those who cause hurt.”

A Lancashire Police spokesperson said: “We received a call reporting that someone had been pushed into a glass window on Sunday morning between 2.50am and 3.20am.

“The incident is currently under investigation.”