Turf disappears twice from community green space

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A community has been left disappointed after newly-laid turf disappeared from a green space.

An area of Tanterton Hall Road in Ingol had been landscaped by Preston Council twice within a week, but each time the grass was removed.

Now police are investigating, and residents’ groups are asking neighbours to look out for lawns which have “appeared overnight”.

Chairman of Ingol and Tanterton Police and Communities Together (PACT), Tom Anderson, said nine rolls of turf had been taken in total.

He said: “They cleared it all out, flattened it and put turf in for easy maintenance.

“They did one lot over a week ago and somebody stole it.

“Then they put another lot down, which was there on Friday night at 11pm, and when I got up on Saturday morning it had gone.”

He said: “We don’t like theft of any kind. We have a community here that’s thriving - we are getting better.

“It’s had a bad image but it’s all changed now and we shouldn’t be encouraging people to do wrong.”

Coun Bill Shannon, who represents Ingol ward, added: “It appears to have been twice laid and twice stolen and it’s almost unbelievable, so we are asking everybody to look out for freshly-laid lawns which have appeared overnight.

“Money is so tight in local government, we really can’t afford to be doing the same job twice because of a bit of opportunistic theft.”

A Preston Council spokesman said the turf had been laid twice in the space of a week, and said: “It is disappointing when people are undermining the great work that’s going on in the community.

Anyone with information should call police on 101.