WIGAN residents have been hit by a spate of garden furniture thefts which have left them hundreds of pound out of pocket.
Police are investigating after a number of the garden items were stolen throughout the borough in the space of 24 hours.
Pensioners Gordan and Marian Ainsworth from Aspull were asleep when their garden was raided.
Marian, 67, said: “I’m gobsmacked. We didn’t know anything had happened until the morning when we realised that our trees and all of our chairs had gone. I can’t believe somebody would do that. It’s been really expensive to replace all of our furniture and now we keep them locked away in the garage. It’s terrible when you don’t feel safe in your own neighbourhood and have to keep things permanently shut away just incase.
“The garden at the back is quite isolated as it is just fields. So we’ve been thinking about getting CCTV installed because it’s frightening when you’ve worked hard.”
The first crime reported was in Golborne where hanging baskets were trampled and bins knocked over.
Many more followed in Lowton and then in Leigh at a nursing home before vandals struck in Wigan on Haigh Road and Mitchell Street. There, garden furniture, chimney pots and plants were stolen.
A spokesman from Greater Manchester Police said: “This sort of wanton destruction has clearly caused a lot of unrest and upset in the community and we need to find the culprits.
“It may have been the actions of a very small number of people who thought it ‘was a bit of a laugh’ but we treat this sort of behaviour very seriously and the actions of these offenders have caused people a great deal of upset.”