Garden thieves have been on the prowl in South Yorkshire – with everything from trees to benches disappearing from well-tended plots.
It is believed gangs are driving round at night grabbing what they fancy from front and rear gardens while householders are asleep.
On Tuesday night, garden planters were taken from two properties on Sheep Dip Lane, Dunscroft, Doncaster, and in Rossington, a barbecue was stolen from Farringdon Drive, planters from Sylvestria Court, and thieves dug up an expensive topiary bay tree on Shooters Hill Drive.
In Hatfield, a garden bench disappeared from Hoddesdon Crescent and three hanging baskets from Hund Oak Drive.
Earlier this week a metal chiminea was stolen from behind a house on Leyland Avenue and ornaments and solar lights from the back garden of a house on Homestead Garth, both Hatfield.
A bench, ornaments and metal postbox were stolen from outside a house in South End, Thorne, and another house on the same street had benches and planters stolen.
Supt Eddie Murphy, appealing for witnesses to call 101, said: “If people are offered garden items for sale they may well be stolen.
“People are spending lots of time and money to make their gardens look nice and this is happening to them.”