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SEATON: Cafe owner is left bloomin’ furious

Thursday, 13 March 2014

A CAFÉ owner in Beer was left bloomin’ furious after her window box was vandalised – twice in five days.
Vicky Sims runs the Café Napoli in Fore Street and said that last Thursday she was shocked to arrive at the business to find one of her prized plants dug up
“Someone had taken out the plant from our window box, put it in a bag or rubbish and hung it on the door handle,” said Vicky, whose family also run the award-winning Paul’s Bakery in Seaton.
“Obviously I was a little upset with that so I re-planted it and put a polite notice in the window asking for it to be left alone. That was it for a few days and I thought those silly antics were over.
“But then on Monday, while the shop supervisor (Marie Barber) was working in the bakery (adjacent to the Café Napoli) the plant was taken again – this time for good so we cannot re-plant it.
“It is all very silly and not a neighbourly thing to do at all.”
Vicky said the targeted item was a silver dust plant which she didn’t feel was particularly offensive. She had contacted the police about the incident and swift action had helped to clarify the situation.
“The police have been very supportive and are keen to see that everyone gets on in the village,” added Vicky.
“They had a word with a lady who admitted to removing the plant on Thursday and she came down and apologised to me and said she got a bit carried away. We really appreciate the fact that she came down and had a chat with us.
“But regarding the further incident on Monday she was genuinely surprise as she wasn’t even here so we are still not sure who took the plant again.”
The police have issued a crime number (KN-14-72) and anyone with any information should refer to it when calling.

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