Christmas tree didn't last a day; Nicked from Baker Street in daylight.
Byline: Mike Blackburn Senior Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
SCROOGE thieves made off with a Christmas tree in broad daylight less than 24 hours after it was put out to spruce up a Middlesbrough street.
The independent businesses on Baker Street chipped in to buy a total of 17 trees at PS25 each to bring some festive cheer to their corner of the town centre, and the theft has left the traders fuming.
Jane Jorgensen, of Disgraceland boutique, organised the drive to line the regenerated street with Christmas trees and said she was annoyed by the crime.
"We only put the trees up on Wednesday and one was stolen outside The Beauty Clinic on Thursday," she said. "They are really heavy and are in silver buckets, so it looks like someone must have come and taken it in a car - they are too heavy to carry.
"I'm just so annoyed.
We are all independent traders down here trying to make a difference and make a living.
"People seem to think the council provided the trees but they didn't, we did.
"The trees really look lovely, and we got them from Daisies on Linthorpe Road to support another local business."
Jane said the 4ft trees are brought in at night, but now the traders are having to consider chaining them during the day to prevent more being stolen.
"We don't want to have to do that though because it would mean drilling holes in walls," she said.
"I'm absolutely fuming, we all are."
Baker Street, along with neighbouring Bedford Street, are now known as the town's new independent quarter under a pioneering scheme by Middlesbrough Council to regenerate the formerly rundown area.
The Baker Street project has seen 12 new independent businesses with a further 12 existing businesses supported. It has brought 17 properties back into use or redeveloped resulting in the street becoming fully occupied.
It is home to niche businesses including two micro pubs, two eateries, two vintage clothing shops and three hair salons.
Anyone with informa-|tion on the tree theft can contact police on 101.
Jane Jorgensen of Disgraceland boutique, with one of the 17 Christmas trees placed |on Middlesbrough's Baker Street 201115TREES_008 IAN COOPER