GREEN-fingered youngsters have been left distraught after thieves broke into their allotment and stole a lawnmower.
Footprints Nursery, in Tees Street, Hartlepool, adopted an allotment site in Seaton Carew around three years ago to help children understand more about gardening.
A succession of fundraising events were held and with a grant from Hartlepool Borough Council, staff and children had almost completed work on the Station Lane site when the lawnmower theft took place.
Nursery manager Debbie Randall said: “I am devastated someone has stolen the lawnmower. We haven’t even had chance to use it yet.
“We need to cut the grass so the children can make full use of the allotment and after all the hard work which has gone into preparing the land this theft is really upsetting.
“The police have been really good but we still haven’t found the lawnmower or who stole it, so I am appealing to anyone with information or knows its whereabouts to contact them.”
The blue Xtreme push petrol rotary lawnmower, worth around £100, was decorated with the Footprints Nursery logo and was reported stolen on Tuesday, March 15.
A spokeswoman from Cleveland Police said: “We received a call reporting the theft of a lawnmower from an allotment on Station Lane and officers are currently investigating.”
The theft took place sometime in the past couple of weeks and anyone with information should contact PC Peter Doharty at Cleveland Police on (01642) 302178.