A thorny way to keep thieves out

Crime prevention advisors Colin Hopkins (right) and Steve Davies (left) with Stranton Nursery horticulture operations manager Len Young
Crime prevention advisors Colin Hopkins (right) and Steve Davies (left) with Stranton Nursery horticulture operations manager Len Young
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GREEN-fingered crimefighters are hoping to be a thorn in the side of crooks as they give out free advice.

Information and guidance on how to protect homes using prickly plants and nifty gadgets will be on offer at Stranton Nursery, in Tanfield Road, Hartlepool, from 11am to noon tomorrow.

The Plants Against Crime scheme, backed by Hartlepool Borough Council, Hartlepool Crime Prevention Panel and Cleveland Police, sees community safety staff visiting the nursery throughout the warmer months to host the free sessions.

Colin Hopkins, New Deal for Communities (NDC) crime prevention advisor, said: “The Plants Against Crime scheme always proves popular and it offers an environmentally-friendly approach to home security.

“Thorny plants such as berberis are nature’s own barbed wire and they will protect your home against intruders when planted along your perimeter fence.

“Alarmed shed locks and plastic spikes along the top of fences will deter criminals even further.”

Further information is available from Mr Hopkins on (01429) 855560, PC Steve Davies on (01429) 405598 and PC Steve Cranston on (01429) 405585.