Thieves steal fence panel from couple's "pride and joy" garden

Thieves steal fence panel from couple's "pride and joy" garden

Thieves steal fence panel from couple's "pride and joy" garden

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , crime reporter

THIEVES stole fence panels from a couple’s garden — leaving it exposed to neighbours.

Marion and Roy Webster woke up to discover seven recently fitted fence panels had been stolen from the perimeter of their garden, from the side facing the road.

The panels had been installed just four weeks earlier around the garden of Mr and Mrs Webster’s semi-detached home in Slaidburn Avenue, Breightmet.

The incident happened between 11pm on Tuesday, April 8 and 7am on Wednesday, April 9 Mrs Webster, a retired warehouse operator, said: “I was so annoyed to wake up and find the fence panels had disappeared. I look after my garden and I saved to replace my privet hedge with a fence and now my privacy has gone.

“They must have used a vehicle to take them. I had the privet hedge taken out to make it easier to maintain. I don’t have anything in the garden but I am a really keen gardener and have a nice garden. I don’t want people to get in and damage my property.”

Mrs Webster said she and her 62-year-old husband face saving up again to replace the stolen panels.

Nearly half of the wooden panels were taken during the theft. She said they will look into securing the fences better to deter criminals.

Mrs Webster added: “I just want people to be aware nothing is safe after you save up to get jobs done.”

The crime has been reported to police and officers are investigating.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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4:19pm Sat 19 Apr 14

thomas222 says...

What have we become what ever the reasons. Want the same vote the same way, its not rocket science Guys & Ladies.
What have we become what ever the reasons. Want the same vote the same way, its not rocket science Guys & Ladies. thomas222
  • Score: 3

4:22pm Sat 19 Apr 14

boltonnut says...

I can understand your annoyance Roy,being a gardener myself I know what it takes both in time and money to grow a nice garden and surround it with a fence or shrubbery to contain your creations.If there is a good point to this theft is the fact that your garden is now open for all to enjoy.
I can understand your annoyance Roy,being a gardener myself I know what it takes both in time and money to grow a nice garden and surround it with a fence or shrubbery to contain your creations.If there is a good point to this theft is the fact that your garden is now open for all to enjoy. boltonnut
  • Score: 14

5:35pm Sat 19 Apr 14

dressit says...

From the picture you do have a beautiful garden, sorry about your fence that's so annoying and upsetting, but al least people get to see your garden, you never know it may inspire others.
From the picture you do have a beautiful garden, sorry about your fence that's so annoying and upsetting, but al least people get to see your garden, you never know it may inspire others. dressit
  • Score: 7

5:39pm Sat 19 Apr 14

moggiesmews says...

They want bloody locking up complete SCUM hope they ROT
They want bloody locking up complete SCUM hope they ROT moggiesmews
  • Score: 17

5:56pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Comment777 says...

moggiesmews wrote:
They want bloody locking up complete SCUM hope they ROT
Do you mean the fence panels???
[quote][p][bold]moggiesmews[/bold] wrote: They want bloody locking up complete SCUM hope they ROT[/p][/quote]Do you mean the fence panels??? Comment777
  • Score: -1

6:08pm Sat 19 Apr 14

mr.mark.c says...

Be prepared for the new ones to go the same way, this happened to a friend, they stole his old ones and then the new ones withing days of fitting, no doubt the new ones was then sold to another person that had old ones stolen.
Probably traveling caravan dwelling landscape gardening type people.
Be prepared for the new ones to go the same way, this happened to a friend, they stole his old ones and then the new ones withing days of fitting, no doubt the new ones was then sold to another person that had old ones stolen. Probably traveling caravan dwelling landscape gardening type people. mr.mark.c
  • Score: 15

7:09pm Sat 19 Apr 14

sallyupsteps says...

Why xoes tommy222 always twist the topic around to the lowest common denominator? Get a life, or get ajob.
Why xoes tommy222 always twist the topic around to the lowest common denominator? Get a life, or get ajob. sallyupsteps
  • Score: -5

7:22pm Sat 19 Apr 14

thomas222 says...

sallyupsteps wrote:
Why xoes tommy222 always twist the topic around to the lowest common denominator? Get a life, or get ajob.
Because the three main parties between them have given the Criminals in this country a easy ride. Burglary being re classed as Criminal damage is a example, sentences that mean nothing crime stats being massaged As a retiring top Judge has just commented. Thats the common denominator.Dont like it dont comment & what i do is nothing to do with you Sally.
[quote][p][bold]sallyupsteps[/bold] wrote: Why xoes tommy222 always twist the topic around to the lowest common denominator? Get a life, or get ajob.[/p][/quote]Because the three main parties between them have given the Criminals in this country a easy ride. Burglary being re classed as Criminal damage is a example, sentences that mean nothing crime stats being massaged As a retiring top Judge has just commented. Thats the common denominator.Dont like it dont comment & what i do is nothing to do with you Sally. thomas222
  • Score: 11

7:55pm Sat 19 Apr 14

akaroa44 says...

What a beautiful garden . I hope that Mr and Mrs Webster can claim on their insurance.
What a beautiful garden . I hope that Mr and Mrs Webster can claim on their insurance. akaroa44
  • Score: 11

8:59pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Lancashire always says...

sallyupsteps wrote:
Why xoes tommy222 always twist the topic around to the lowest common denominator? Get a life, or get ajob.
Sorry but I don't know what Tommy is on about ?

That Is a nice garden though you can come and play about in mine if you like.
[quote][p][bold]sallyupsteps[/bold] wrote: Why xoes tommy222 always twist the topic around to the lowest common denominator? Get a life, or get ajob.[/p][/quote]Sorry but I don't know what Tommy is on about ? That Is a nice garden though you can come and play about in mine if you like. Lancashire always
  • Score: 9

6:17am Sun 20 Apr 14

Janch1 says...

This is just typical of those who want what other people have worked and paid for. They won't work hard and pay for things so they just steal it from those who do and get away with it. They will probably do it again if this couple put new fencing around their garden. It is a sad sign of the times.
This is just typical of those who want what other people have worked and paid for. They won't work hard and pay for things so they just steal it from those who do and get away with it. They will probably do it again if this couple put new fencing around their garden. It is a sad sign of the times. Janch1
  • Score: 8

8:30am Sun 20 Apr 14

Boltonresident2012 says...

More than neighbours may need to do something to keep dogs off. Fences aren't allowed at some houses and some selfish dog owners literally couldn't give a **** about dogs performing on the grass - not the best thing to have to deal with ...
More than neighbours may need to do something to keep dogs off. Fences aren't allowed at some houses and some selfish dog owners literally couldn't give a **** about dogs performing on the grass - not the best thing to have to deal with ... Boltonresident2012
  • Score: 8

8:53am Sun 20 Apr 14

MrBenggo says...

mr.mark.c wrote:
Be prepared for the new ones to go the same way, this happened to a friend, they stole his old ones and then the new ones withing days of fitting, no doubt the new ones was then sold to another person that had old ones stolen.
Probably traveling caravan dwelling landscape gardening type people.
Mr.mark.c.
would you be referring to those nice gypoe type people,who go about this land of ours looking to earn a living and helping them selves to anything they can lift.
You should be ashamed of your self.
[quote][p][bold]mr.mark.c[/bold] wrote: Be prepared for the new ones to go the same way, this happened to a friend, they stole his old ones and then the new ones withing days of fitting, no doubt the new ones was then sold to another person that had old ones stolen. Probably traveling caravan dwelling landscape gardening type people.[/p][/quote]Mr.mark.c. would you be referring to those nice gypoe type people,who go about this land of ours looking to earn a living and helping them selves to anything they can lift. You should be ashamed of your self. MrBenggo
  • Score: 5

10:57am Sun 20 Apr 14

boltonbetty says...

Fence panels don't do it for me, a privet hedge is much more attractive and more likely to stay put!!
Fence panels don't do it for me, a privet hedge is much more attractive and more likely to stay put!! boltonbetty
  • Score: 3

12:15pm Sun 20 Apr 14

Don Kiddick says...

The garden looks remarkably like a p e n i s.

Lock it or lose it, it's that simple.
The garden looks remarkably like a p e n i s. Lock it or lose it, it's that simple. Don Kiddick
  • Score: 3

12:18pm Sun 20 Apr 14

Don Kiddick says...

Comment777 wrote:
moggiesmews wrote:
They want bloody locking up complete SCUM hope they ROT
Do you mean the fence panels???
Brilliant.
[quote][p][bold]Comment777[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]moggiesmews[/bold] wrote: They want bloody locking up complete SCUM hope they ROT[/p][/quote]Do you mean the fence panels???[/p][/quote]Brilliant. Don Kiddick
  • Score: 3

12:33pm Sun 20 Apr 14

Merlin says...

You can't have nothing nice or else scum who don't want to work hard for things will want to pinch it off you, whatever it is.
I suggest electrified fencing next time.
Be proud of the hard work you've put into you're garden.
You can't have nothing nice or else scum who don't want to work hard for things will want to pinch it off you, whatever it is. I suggest electrified fencing next time. Be proud of the hard work you've put into you're garden. Merlin
  • Score: 5

1:35pm Sun 20 Apr 14

boltonbetty says...

Don Kiddick wrote:
The garden looks remarkably like a p e n i s.

Lock it or lose it, it's that simple.
Now you come to mention it......ha ha.
[quote][p][bold]Don Kiddick[/bold] wrote: The garden looks remarkably like a p e n i s. Lock it or lose it, it's that simple.[/p][/quote]Now you come to mention it......ha ha. boltonbetty
  • Score: 4

3:51pm Sun 20 Apr 14

Welcometothedarkside says...

Don Kiddick wrote:
The garden looks remarkably like a p e n i s.

Lock it or lose it, it's that simple.
You need to see a doctor or wear glasses, if you think that it looks like a knob ha ha.
[quote][p][bold]Don Kiddick[/bold] wrote: The garden looks remarkably like a p e n i s. Lock it or lose it, it's that simple.[/p][/quote]You need to see a doctor or wear glasses, if you think that it looks like a knob ha ha. Welcometothedarkside
  • Score: 0

7:00pm Sun 20 Apr 14

Don Kiddick says...

Welcometothedarkside wrote:
Don Kiddick wrote:
The garden looks remarkably like a p e n i s.

Lock it or lose it, it's that simple.
You need to see a doctor or wear glasses, if you think that it looks like a knob ha ha.
. . . perhaps I'm just blessed . . . .




(I wish, ho hum)
[quote][p][bold]Welcometothedarkside[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Don Kiddick[/bold] wrote: The garden looks remarkably like a p e n i s. Lock it or lose it, it's that simple.[/p][/quote]You need to see a doctor or wear glasses, if you think that it looks like a knob ha ha.[/p][/quote]. . . perhaps I'm just blessed . . . . (I wish, ho hum) Don Kiddick
  • Score: 1

9:29pm Sun 20 Apr 14

Andyroost says...

Someone will have been co0nned into paying for second hand panels, why dont the BEN print a picture of the panels with a contact number, then if anyone has had a fence done this week and can identify them, the new owners of the now second hand panels may have a contact number of who carried out the work, then these gardeners should have proof of purchase. why dont we do the work for the police, pass the job to a PCSO.
Someone will have been co0nned into paying for second hand panels, why dont the BEN print a picture of the panels with a contact number, then if anyone has had a fence done this week and can identify them, the new owners of the now second hand panels may have a contact number of who carried out the work, then these gardeners should have proof of purchase. why dont we do the work for the police, pass the job to a PCSO. Andyroost
  • Score: 2

10:22pm Sun 20 Apr 14

JustBecause says...

He said something to someone who obviously took afence.........
He said something to someone who obviously took afence......... JustBecause
  • Score: 1

8:23am Tue 22 Apr 14

Jim271 says...

Ironic that if you install barbed wire and a burglar injures himself he can sue you
Ironic that if you install barbed wire and a burglar injures himself he can sue you Jim271
  • Score: 0

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